A Web-based Course in Grammar Formalisms and Parsing


From late 2001 through early 2004 I wrote the first version of a web-based textbook on the logical foundations and grammar writing in HPSG. As a textbook designed for use in an e-learning environment, it was accompanied by teaching software that gave the reader immediate feedback and help in solving the exercises in each section. The electronic version of the textbook (the ILIAS edition), created in collaboration with two subcontractors within the project Grammar Formalisms and Parsing of the MiLCA consortium, was completed in April 2004, with minor revisions being made in the first quarter of 2005.

It is an unfortunate problem of the ILIAS edition that it was only available on a password-protected e-learning server of the Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft at the University of Tübingen. To give a wider audience direct and easy access to the textbook, Katja Ovchinnikova and I took the text and functionality of the ILIAS edition and converted the original electronic textbook into an equivalent PDF edition. The PDF edition of A Web-based Course in Grammar Formalisms and Parsing comprises the complete text of the electronic textbook as well as all links to the various on-line resources belonging to the course material. As a special feature, the PDF edition has a new on-line glossary which is linked at the end of each subsection.

Whereas the ILIAS edition of the textbook remained frozen in the state it reached in early 2005 (and, with software upgrades of the e-learning platform, at some point disappeared altogether), the PDF edition is still available 20 years later. Please let me know about any errors you might find in the text and about any problems you encounter with links or software.


On-line Resources

Here comes a systematic selection of links to the central constituents of the course materials:

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