4.1131 Technical Reports in Linguistics (1/70)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 5 Mar 91 20:46:42 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 1131. Tuesday, 5 Mar 1991.

Date: Mon, 4 Mar 91 14:16 EST
From: "NANCY M. IDE (914) 437 5988" <IDE@VASSAR>
Subject: reports
Originally From: fclrep@uni2a.unige.ch

Technical Reports in Formal and Computational Linguistics

Robin Clark, Luigi Rizzi, Eric Wehrli

Department of Linguistics
University of Geneva

No 1: Papers on Learnability and Natural Selection
---Robin Clark (144 pages)

The papers collected here develop a computational approach to
demonstrating the learnability property for a Principles & Parameters
approach to natural language. The model uses Genetic Algorithms to
develop a learner that is able to converge quickly and efficiently
despite the equivocal nature of the input evidence. Chapters 1 and 2
describe the general properties of the learner and relate the formal
model to linguistic evidence. Chapter 3 describes a computer simulation
of the learner. Chapter 4 summarizes and refines the results reported in
the earlier chapters.

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No 2: Residual Verb Second and the Wh Criterion
---Luigi Rizzi (28 pages)

The Wh-Criterion is the principle which determines the S-structure
distribution and LF interpretation of wh-operators. Residual Verb
Second is a cover term for construction-specific applications of I to C
movement in non V-2 languages (Subject-Aux inversion in English, Subject
clitic inversion in French, obligatory inversion in Italian
interrogatives, etc.). This papers argues that residual V2 is triggered
in order to satisfy the Wh-Criterion and other related well-formedness

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