Research on Language and Computation

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 281–332

Minimal Recursion Semantics: An Introduction


    • Computer LaboratoryUniversity of Cambridge
  • Dan Flickinger
    • CSLIStanford University
    • Linguistics InstituteUniversity of Oslo
  • Carl Pollard
    • Linguistics DepartmentOhio State University
  • Ivan A. Sag
    • Department of LinguisticsStanford University

DOI: 10.1007/s11168-006-6327-9

Cite this article as:
Copestake, A., Flickinger, D., Pollard, C. et al. Research Language Computation (2005) 3: 281. doi:10.1007/s11168-006-6327-9


Minimal recursion semantics (MRS) is a framework for computational semantics that is suitable for parsing and generation and that can be implemented in typed feature structure formalisms. We discuss why, in general, a semantic representation with minimal structure is desirable and illustrate how a descriptively adequate representation with a nonrecursive structure may be achieved. MRS enables a simple formulation of the grammatical constraints on lexical and phrasal semantics, including the principles of semantic composition. We have integrated MRS with a broad-coverage HPSG grammar.


computational semanticsflat semanticssemantic compositiongrammar implementation

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