Uncovering structure hand in hand: Joint robust interpretive parsing in optimality theory

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Abstract

Most linguistic theories postulate structures with covert information, not directly recoverable from utterances. Hence, learners have to interpret their data before drawing conclusions. Within the framework of Optimality Theory (OT), Tesar & Smolensky (1998) proposed Robust Interpretive Parsing (RIP), suggesting the learners rely on their still imperfect grammars to interpret the learning data. I introduce an alternative, more cautious approach, Joint Robust Interpretive Parsing (JRIP). The learner entertains a population of several grammars, which join forces to interpret the learning data. A standard metrical phonology grammar is employed to demonstrates that JRIP performs significantly better than RIP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-212
Number of pages22
JournalActa Linguistica Academica
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Genetic algorithms
  • Hidden structure
  • Metrical stress
  • Optimality theory
  • Robust interpretive parsing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies

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