Alex Chengyu Fang
Department of Phonetics and Linguistics
Phone 0171 380 7777 ext 3169
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Fax 0171 383 4108
The Survey Parser - Automatic
The Formal Grammar
A List of Parsing Symbols
||I started designing the Survey Parser in late 1993 when
I was Honorary Research Fellow at the Survey of English Usage (SEU), UCL.
At that time, the British component of the International Corpus of English
(ICE-GB) was being syntactically parsed through the use of a parsing system
developed by the TOSCA
Research Group, University of Nijmegen,
the Netherlands. Due to various reasons, about 38% of ICE-GB could not
be appropriately handled. When Professor Sidney Greenbaum, then Director
of SEU, asked me to design a new parsing system, I bluntly replied, "The
last thing I would ever do is to work on a parser!". Four months later,
however, I came up with a parsing system which produces either a complete
parse or a partial one, and was used to finish the residue of ICE-GB. The
syntactic annotation of ICE-GB was completed in due course at the end of
1995. The parser is now variably called Alex's Parser, the Survey
Parser, and the ICE Parser.
Further development of the parsing system was funded by Engineering
and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC Grant No GR/K75033) in
1995 for two years until September 1997, the project title being Parsing
with the Syntactically Analysed ICE Corpus as a Linguistic Knowledge Base.
The grant holder was Professor Sidney Greenbaum, and in 1996 Dr
Mark Huckvale became the principal investigator.
Related publications regarding the development of the Survey Parser
- Fang, A.C. Forthcoming. Prepositional Phrases: Towards the Automatic
Determination of their Syntactic Functions.
- Fang, A.C. 1997. Verb Forms and Subcategorisations.
In Oxford Literary and Linguistic Computing, 12:4.
- Svartvik, J. and A.C. Fang. 1997. SpeechMaker.
In To Explain the Present: Studies in the Changing English Language
in Honour of Matti Rissanen, ed. by T. Nevalainen and L. Kahlas-Tarkka.
Helsinki: Société Néophilologique. pp 431-450.
- Fang, A.C. 1996a. AUTASYS: Automatic
Tagging and Cross-Tagset Mapping. In Comparing English World Wide:
The International Corpus of English, ed. by Sidney Greenbaum. Oxford:
Oxford University Press. pp 110-124.
- Fang, A.C. 1996b. Automatically
Generalising a Wide-Coverage Formal Grammar. In Synchronic Corpus
Linguistics, ed. by C. Percy, C. Meyer, and I. Lancashire. Amsterdam
and Atlanta: Rodopi. pp 131-146.
- Fang, A.C. 1996c. The Survey Parser:
Design and Development. In Comparing English World Wide: The International
Corpus of English, ed. by Sidney Greenbaum. Oxford: Oxford University
Press. pp 142-160.
- Fang, A.C. and M. Huckvale. 1996. Syncronising
Syntax with Speech Signals. In Speech, Hearing, and Language,
ed. by V. Hazan, M. Holland, S. Rosen. Department of Phonetics and Linguistics,
University College London. pp 11-26.
- Huckvale, M. and A.C. Fang. 1996. PROSICE:
A Spoken English Database for Prosodic Research. In Comparing English
World Wide: The International Corpus of English, ed. by Sidney Greenbaum.
Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp 262-279.
- Huckvale, M. and A.C. Fang. 1996. Analysis of the Prosody of Read Speech
with the PROSICE Corpus. In Proceedings IOA Conference in Speech and
Hearing, Windermere, November 1996.
- Fang, A.C. 1994. ICE: Applications
and Possibilities in NLP. In Proceedings of International Workshop
on Directions of Lexical Research, 15-17 August 1994, Beijing. pp 23-44.
- Fang, A.C. and G. Nelson. 1994. Tagging
the SEU Corpus: a LOB to ICE Experiment Using AUTASYS. In Oxford
Literary and Linguistic Computing, 9:2. pp 189-194.
Author: Alex Chengyu Fang - Last updated: 25 September