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The Minimal Chain Principle and Parsing Korean

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Authors
Soh, Sungki
Issue Date
2005
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.41 No.2, pp. 363-378
Keywords
parsingeconomyMinimal Chain PrincipleSuperstrategyActive Filler Hypothesistopicalizationscrambling
Abstract
De Vincenzi's (1991, 2000) Minimal Chain Principle (MCP) is a good example of economy in parsing. It combines Superstrategy and the Active Filler Hypothesis (AFH). In this paper, the Korean data involving topicalized phrases and (scrambled) dative noun phrases are tested to examine the validity of the MCP. The processing difficulty observed from topicalized complements suggests that the parser considers syntactic movement as a last resort The preferred readings in the sentences containing scrambled dative phrases also suggest that the parser prefers a singleton chain. Meanwhile, if there is evidence for the existence of a chain, the parser completes chain computation as soon as possible. Altogether, the core data from Korean can be well explained by the MCP.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/86356
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 41 Number 1/4 (2005)
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