cSCAN Rounds

Dynamic Syntax: Competence as providing the architecture for NL Processing? (PLEASE NOTE: this meeting is on a Thursday)

In this talk, I will show how modelling natural language processing in context as a process of logical form growth makes possible an account of the interaction between anaphora resolution and long-distance dependency effects (eg crossover effects in relative clauses) while sustaining a unitary and pragmatic process of anaphora. The account turns on the assumption that partial logical form as incrementally developed constitutes the context relative to which each input is processed. If time, I shall go on to show how this perspective provides a natural account of the different cross-linguistic types of relative clause (eg English vs Japanese). In conclusion, I shall tentatively reflect on the consequences of defining competence models in such process-oriented terms.