Sergio Balari

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f ur K unstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI) in the Computational Linguistics area. I am grateful to these institutes for their support. Many, many people have helped me not to get lost during the development of this thesis. Hans Uszkoreit, my main supervisor, provided a motivating, enthusiastic, and critical atmosphere during the many discussions we had. It(More)
I n t r o d u c t i o n Recently a number of formalisms for grammatical description have been proposed with the aim of overcoming the expressive deficiencies of simple unification based formalisms like PATR-II. Except for the more simple, although not unproblematic, extensions to PATR-II like the ones proposed by Karttunen (1984), most of these efforts have(More)
This paper examines the origins of language, as treated within Evolutionary Anthropology, under the light offered by a biolinguistic approach. This perspective is presented first. Next we discuss how genetic, anatomical, and archaeological data, which are traditionally taken as evidence for the presence of language, are circumstantial as such from this(More)
It is a widely shared opinion among specialists that language is an evolutionary innovation, or that it contains some key evolutionary innovations. However, such claims are not based on a correspondingly consensual concept of “evolutionary innovation,” but are rather expressed on atheoretical grounds. This fact has thus far acted as an obstacle for the(More)
Once Prince & Smolensky (1993) set the theoretical underpinnings of Optimality Theory (OT), the organization and structure of the collection of universal constraints CON soon became a topic of some debate. One of the points that has received some attention has been the possibility to extend CON with complex constraints constructed out of the combination of(More)
Guillermo Lorenzo Departamento de Filologı́a Española, Facultad de Filologı́a Campus El Milán, Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain Abstract In this article we argue for an extension of Pere Alberch’s notion of developmental morphospace into the realm of cognition and introduce the notion of cognitive phenotype as a new tool for the(More)
The French clitic system has posed a persistent challenge to transformational syntactic analysis, which has never produced a successful account of problems such as clitic ordering. Lexicalist alternatives, however, have never been reconciled with the full range of familiar problems and the growing body of known lexical idiosyncracies. We present a(More)
Contrary to the received view of Richard Owen as a Platonic and conservative naturalist, we document that he held a radically physicalist worldview that extended to so tough a matter as the Mind/Body Problem. We argue that if viewed from the perspective of his overall comparative project, Owen's reflections on the nature of mind at the end of volume III of(More)
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