Boundaries to the influence of Animates.

Annie Zaenen, PARC

February 22, 2005

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The talk reports on recent work in corpus analysis done at Stanford. The studies aim at determining the weight of various factors that influence the choice of syntactic paraphrases. More specifically I concentrate on the influence of animacy in the dative alternation and in left-dislocation and topicalization and discuss current models of language production in the light of our quantitative results. The talk will end with a short discussion of the relevance of these findings for NL generation.