Lexical Object Theory: Specification Level
Unification has become a major paradigm in Mathematical and Computational Linguistics. The research done in this area may be classified in four main streams: feature structures as an adequate model for the description of linguistic phenomena, typed unification, representation of feature structures, and unification algorithms. This work proposes a new approach to unification-based Mathematical and Computational Linguistics: the Lexical Object Theory. The main design criteria are based on linguistic motivation, computational efficiency and formal soundness. The first part of the work outlines the main characteristics of the Lexical Object Theory, its comprehensive orientation, and its layered structure based on the separation of the following levels: specification, transformation, typification, representation and unification. The second part concentrates on the specification level of the Lexical Object Theory. The linguistic motivation of this model is presented, as well as a detailed description of the specification formalism, the computational model it is based on, and finally, the inference rules on lexical objects at the specification level.
Document Type: Regular paper
Publication date: 1998-01-01