[b-greek] Re: noun phrase, etc.

From: Moon-Ryul Jung (moon@sogang.ac.kr)
Date: Thu Mar 14 2002 - 22:29:16 EST

Dear Clay,

I am pretty sure that those who work in the field of "natural language
processing" or "computational linguistics" will claim that they can
provide a complete specification for the syntactic structure of free word
order languages. They can write down all rules that human readers know
about the
structure of a given language, so that these rules can be processed by
computer programs. I always thought that it is a matter of time and
Sometimes, a given sentence may be analyzed to produce more than one
tree structures. But that is OK. Even the human reader often encounters
such cases.

Moon R. Jung
Sogang Univ, Seoul, Korea

> Can anyone show me a bullet proof specification for a
> "Noun Phrase" in Hellenistic Greek? This is your big chance, MIT grads, show
> your stuff.
> If not then what you will need to do if you want to be able to locate every
> "Noun Phrase" in your electronic GNT is have Dale W. go and tag each "Noun
> Phrase" manually. What you will end up with is a list of what Dale decided
> were "Noun Phrases." Simple, no? It is going to be a function of your GNT
> database, not a function of your search engine.
> I seriously doubt that anyone can write a bullet proof specification for the
> "Noun Phrase" in Hellenistic Greek. I am certain that no one can write a
> bullet proof specification for the predicate.
> Natural languages do not submit to tidy little specifications. Nicholas
> Wirth didn't design Koine Greek.
> cheers,
> Clay
> --
> Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
> Three Tree Point
> P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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