Feature Structures and Term Unification

Lecture description

This opening lecture starts on familiar grounds by introducing feature-value pairs as an expressive way of representing linguistic information, and how they are formalized in Fluid Construction Grammar. Next, two basic operations are introduced (match and merge) that can be used for processing feature structures.

No particular background reading is necessary for following the lecture, although basic knowledge of phrase structure grammars, feature structures and unification are helpful. The lecture is quite technical, but this will already pay off in the second lecture where you’ll see how feature structures and matching/merging can be exploited for representing and processing constructions.

Lecture materials