- Stefan Müller (Chief Editor, Freie Universität Berlin),
- Berthold Crysmann (CNRS, Paris) ,
- Laura Kallmeyer (University of Düsseldorf)
Aims and Scope
This series is a subseries of the series Empirically Oriented Theoretical Morphology and Syntax. It aims to publish high quality books that describe grammars that have the following properties:
- empirically well-motivated
- thoroughly formalized
- implemented in a computer processable format
The requirement that theories have to be implemented ensures that they are sound and complete in a certain sense. Nowadays linguistic proposals are often not well-formalized and the formal background remains in the dark or even worse it is impossible to formalze certain proposels since basic assumptions are contradictory. By requiring implementation we set a certain quality standard.
Furthermore we require that the grammars contain an extensive data discussion that motivates the specific theoretical decisions. Often implemented grammars are used in applications, so the relation to naturally occuring data and the problems that arise when one looks at real language have to be addressed anyway. The implementation helps to find interactions between phenomena that would go unnoticed without an implementation and systematic testing of predictions and hypothesis (see for instance Abney, 1996 on formalization, scaling, and interaction of phenomena).
Books in this series will contribute to the better understanding of language in general and to the specific language that is described in the respective book. They will also contribute to computational linguistics by providing well-documented implemented grammars that can be used by other groups in their applications or can be reimplemented without extraodinary efforts. Leading researchers working in the field of Natural Language Processing realized that statistical tools are not sufficient any longer. The quality of analysis reached an upper bound and deep(er) linguistic knowledge is required if further improvements of natural language technology want to be achieved (See the following documents by Kenneth Church ( 2011, A Pendulum Swung to Far) and Fernando Pereira, Research Director at Google ( 2012, Keynote Speech at META-Forum 2012)). As Church ( 2011) noted, many who are working in the field of Computational Linguistics know rather little about language and linguistics. The books of this series will help readers to understand the complexities of a particular language and make this knowledge accessible to other researchers in the field of Computational Linguistics.