Connectionism and Determinism in a Syntactic Parser

(1990) Connectionism and Determinism in a Syntactic Parser. Connection Science: Journal of Neural Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Research: Special Issue on Connectionist Research on Natural Language,, 2 (1 & 2). pp. 63-82.

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The processing of natural language is, at the same time, naturally symbolic and naturally subsymbolic. It is symbolic because ultimately symbols play a critical role. Writing systems, for example, owe their existence to the symbolic nature of language. It is also subsymbolic because of the nature of speech, the fuzziness of concepts, and the high degree of parallelism that is difficult to explain as a purely symbolic phenomenon. Building a processor of natural language, therefore, requires a hybrid approach. This report details a set of experiments which support the claim that natural language can be syntactically processed in a robust manner using a connectionist deterministic parser. The model is trained from patterns derived from a deterministic grammar and tested with grammatical, ungrammatical and lexically ambiguous sentences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Computer
Department: College of Computing and Mathematics > Information and Computer Science
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2008 11:59
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 14:03