Parsing as deduction: The use of knowledge of language

Mark Johnson*

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Hypothesising that the human parser is a specialized deductive device in which Universal Grammar and parameter settings are represented as axioms provides a model of how knowledge of language can be put to use. The approach is explained via a series of model deductive parsers for Government and Binding Theory, all of which use the same knowledge of language (i.e., underlying axiom system) but differ as to how they put this knowledge to use (i.e., they use different inference control strategies). They differ from most other GB parsers in that the axiom system directly reflects the modular structure of GB theory and makes full use of the multiple levels of reprepresentation posited in GB theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-128
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes


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