An Object-Oriented and Fast Lexicon for Semantic Generation

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Executive Summary

Delilah consists of a parser and a generator for complex Dutch sentences, in (ISO) Prolog. It yields full syntactic and semantic representations by unification of comprehensive lexical structures, on the basis of a combinatory categorial grammar (Cremers 2002) and accompanying higher-order lambda terms. The lexical structures are HPSG-style, but Delilah is driven by multimodal combinatory categorial grammar (Cremers 1993, Moortgat 1997, Steedman 2000, Baldridge and Kruijff 2003). The main characteristic of this grammar is that it combines rigid syntactic structure with compositional semantics. To the knowledge, Delilah is actually the only operational semantic generator and parser for Dutch.

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