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Saarland University Computer Science

Parallelism Constraints in Underspecified Semantics

Katrin E. Erk

PhD Thesis, Saarland University, 2002

This thesis studies the Constraint Language for Lambda Structures (CLLS), which is interpreted over lambda terms represented as tree-like structures. Our main focus is on the processing of parallelism constraints, a construct of CLLS. A parallelism constraint states that two pieces of a tree have the same structure.
We present a sound and complete semi-decision procedure for parallelism constraints, which tests satisfiability and makes structural isomorphism explicit. This procedure is extended to a semi-decision procedure for CLLS.
We discuss two applications of CLLS. First, CLLS has been developed as a formalism for underspecified natural language semantics. In this context, parallelism constraints are used for modeling parallelism phenomena. Second, we consider underspecified beta reduction, which is beta reduction on partial descriptions of lambda terms. For these application areas, we present extensions both to the language CLLS and to the semi-decision procedure.

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