Saarland University
Programming Systems
Mathias Möhl

Fortgeschrittenen Praktikum:

Modelling natural language with Topological Dependency Grammar

by Mathias Möhl
supervised by Ralph Debusmann


The goal of my FoPra is to create a German grammar for a grammar formalism which is called Topological Dependency Grammar (TDG) and was developed by Denys Duchier and Ralph Debusmann.

There already exists a small TDG grammar for German, but this grammar is handcrafted and has only a very small coverage. In this approach we try to induce a grammar from a given corpus, the Negra/Tiger corpus of German newspaper texts.

The work is mainly based on the research of Christian Korthals who has developed a system which learns parts of a TDG grammar from this corpus.


You can download the final report here.

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