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Parsing Beyond Context-Free Grammars


Part of the Cognitive Technologies book series (COGTECH, volume 0)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 1-15
  3. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 17-40
  4. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 41-52
  5. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 53-75
  6. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 77-108
  7. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 131-156
  8. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 157-175
  9. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 177-192
  10. Laura Kallmeyer
    Pages 193-214
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 215-247

About this book


Given that context-free grammars (CFG) cannot adequately describe natural languages, grammar formalisms beyond CFG that are still computationally tractable are of central interest for computational linguists. This book provides an extensive overview of the formal language landscape between CFG and PTIME, moving from Tree Adjoining Grammars to Multiple Context-Free Grammars and then to Range Concatenation Grammars while explaining available parsing techniques for these formalisms. Although familiarity with the basic notions of parsing and formal languages is helpful when reading this book, it is not a strict requirement. The presentation is supported with many illustrations and examples relating to the different formalisms and algorithms, and chapter summaries, problems and solutions. The book will be useful for students and researchers in computational linguistics and in formal language theory.


Grammar formalisms Index Linear context-free rewriting syst Linear context-free rewriting systems (LCFRS) Mildly context-sensitive languages Multiple context-free grammars (MCFG) Natural-language processing Parsing Range concatenation grammars (RCG) Tree Adjoining Grammar Tree adjoining grammars computational linguistics grammar natural language

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SFB 833: BedeutungskonstitutionUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Parsing Beyond Context-Free Grammars
  • Authors Laura Kallmeyer
  • Series Title Cognitive Technologies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-14845-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26453-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-14846-0
  • Series ISSN 1611-2482
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 76 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Computational Linguistics
    Natural Language Processing (NLP)
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From the reviews:

“The book was developed out of lectures held by the author and, true to its intention, is very self-contained. It contains definitions for all used mathematical notions and relies only on basic math and simple arguments to make its points. … To reinforce the material, each chapter contains a small number of exercises, which are typically rather simple to solve and can perfectly be used to self-test. … the textbook contains an extensive bibliography that can serve as a starting point for individual research.” (Andreas Maletti, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1252, 2012)