Converting CCGs into typed feature structure grammars




In this paper, we report on a transformation scheme that turns a Categorial Grammar, more specifically, a Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG; see Baldridge, 2002) into a derivation- and meaning-preserving typed feature structure (TFS) grammar.

We describe the main idea which can be traced back at least to work by Karttunen (1986), Uszkoreit (1986), Bouma (1988), and Calder et al. (1988). We then show how a typed representation of complex categories can be extended by other constraints, such as modes, and indicate how the Lambda semantics of combinators is mapped into a TFS representation, using unification to perform perform alpha-conversion and beta-reduction (Barendregt, 1984). We also present first findings concerning runtime measurements, showing that the PET system, originally developed for the HPSG grammar framework, outperforms the OpenCCG parser by a factor of 8–10 in the time domain and a factor of 4–5 in the space domain.


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Krieger, Hans-Ulrich & Kiefer, Bernd. 2011. Converting CCGs into typed feature structure grammars. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 109–125. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2011.7) ( (Accessed June 19, 2024.)