The Meaning of Syntactic Dependencies
This paper discusses the semantic content of syntactic dependencies. We assume that
syntactic dependencies play a central role in the process of semantic interpretation.
They are defined as selective functions on word denotations. Among their properties,
special attention will be paid to their ability to make interpretation co-compositional
and incremental. To describe the semantic properties of dependencies, the paper will be
focused on two particular linguistic tasks: word sense disambiguation and attachment
resolution. The second task will be performed using a strategy based on automatic
acquisition from corpora.