Publication or External Link
Maxwell, Michael, and Anne David. 2008. Interoperable Grammars. First International Conference on Global Interoperability for Language Resources (ICGL 2008), Hong Kong.
For languages with significant inflectional morphology, development of a morphological parser is often a prerequisite to further computational linguistic capabilities. We focus on two difficulties for this development: the short lifetime of software such as parsing engines, and the difficulty of porting grammars to new parsing engines. We describe a methodology we have developed to promote portability, using a formal declarative grammar written in XML, which we supplement with a traditional descriptive grammar. The two grammars are combined into a single document using Literate Programming. The formal grammar is designed to be independent of a particular parsing engine’s programming language, thus helping solve the software lifetime and portability problems.