DFKI-LT - Grammar Modularization for Efficient Processing: Language Engineering Devices and their Instantiation

Thierry Declerck, Axel Theofilidis, Paul Schmidt
Grammar Modularization for Efficient Processing: Language Engineering Devices and their Instantiation
1 Proceedings of the 6. Fachtagung der Sektion Computerlinguistik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS/CL 97): Integrative Ansätze in der Computerlinguistik, 8.-10. Oktober, Heidelberg, Germany, o.A., 1997
 
This paper describes how unification-based grammar development benefits from a modularization methodology resulting in significant efficiency gains without giving up recognized advantages of unification grammars. Gains in efficiency are of such a scale that an industrial deployment of unification grammars seems to become realistic. We introduce a number of devices provided by the ALEP system which support grammar modularization at an operational level, and we illustrate how these devices have been instantiated in the grammatical resources developed in the LS-GRAM project. We conclude with drawing a prospective scenario of modular grammars serving industrial applications.
 
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