IRCS Technical Reports Series

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

October 1997


University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science Technical Report No. IRCS-97-16.


A type of ‘non-traditional constituents’ motivates an extended class of Combinatory Categorial Grammars, CCGs with Generalized Type-Raised Categories (CCG-GTRC) involving variables. Although the class of standard CCGs is known to be polynomially parsable, use of variables suggests more complexity for processing GTRCs. This paper argues that polynomial parsing is still possible for CCG-GTRC from practical and theoretical points of view. First, we show that an experimental parser runs polynomially in practice on a realistic fragment of Japanese by eliminating spurious ambiguity and excluding genuine ambiguities. Then, we present a worst-case polynomial recognition algorithm for CCG-GTRC by extending the polynomial algorithm for the standard CCGs.



Date Posted: 26 August 2006