Deforesting Logical Form [chapter]

Zhong Chen, John T. Hale
2010 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
This paper argues against Logical Form (LF) as an intermediate level of representation in language processing. We apply a program transformation technique called deforestation to demonstrate the inessentiality of LF in a parsing system that builds semantic interpretations. We consider two phenomena, Quantifier Raising in English and Wh-movement in Chinese, which have played key roles in the broader argument for LF. Deforestation derives LF-free versions of these parsing systems. This casts
more » ... on LF's relevance for processing models, contrary to suggestions in the literature.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-14322-9_2 fatcat:oig6trpu7zc4zgiyj433eqvb4a