An Overview of Head-Driven Phrase-Structure Grammar

by Takao Gunji

This brief article reports what was presented at the symposium on constraint-based lexicalism at the annual meeting of the English Linguistic Society of Japan, held at University of Tokyo, Komaba, on November 11, 2001. In this talk, I gave a brief overview of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, as one of the grammatical theories that assume constraint-based lexicalism. In particular, I pointed out that one of the advantages of this approach is its ability to treat both the relatively flat phonological structure, on one hand, and the hierarchical syntactico-semantic structure, on the other, in a uniform representation, which provides a new perspective on the relationship between language form and language function.

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