Syntax, Preference, and Right Attachment

@inproceedings{Wilks1985SyntaxPA,
  title={Syntax, Preference, and Right Attachment},
  author={Yorick Wilks and Xiuming Huang and Dan Fass},
  booktitle={IJCAI},
  year={1985}
}
The paper claims that the right attachment rules for phrases originally suggested by Frazier and Fodor are wrong, and that none of the subsequent patchings of the rules by syntactic methods have improved the situation. For each rule there are perfectly straightforward and indefinitely large classes of simple counterexamples. We then examine suggestions by Ford et a!., Schubert and Hirst which are quasi-semantic in nature and which we consider ingenious but unsatisfactory. We offer a… CONTINUE READING
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