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Natural Language Parsing -- for what purpose?

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“Parsing is a crucial/necessary/important/useful/nice-to-have part of many NLP applications”—an omnipresent sentence (in variations). But is it really? In the talk I will provide a somewhat provocative and critical review of state-of-the-art in natural language parsing with regards to its exploitation in particular end-user applications. I will try to show an overview of how parsing is actually used now, discuss its present limitations, impeach the usefulness of the dominant evaluation paradigm and shed light on what the alternatives may look like.

So as not to end up with a talk consisting purely of negative results, I will finally present research, linguistic and engineering issues and current results in parsing of large web corpora carried out at Lexical Computing and parsing of morphologically-rich languages conducted at the NLP Centre at Masaryk University.

This talk is part of the NLIP Seminar Series series.

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