Parsing Korean Honorification Phenomena in a Typed Feature Structure Grammar

  • Jong-Bok Kim
  • Peter Sells
  • Jaehyung Yang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4013)


Honorific agreement is one of the main properties of languages like Korean or Japanese, playing an important role in appropriate communication. This makes the deep processing of honorific information crucial in various computational applications such as spoken language translation and generation. We argue that, contrary to the previous literature, an adequate analysis of Korean honorification involves a system that has access not only to morpho-syntax but to semantics and pragmatics as well. Along these lines, we have developed a typed feature structure grammar of Korean (based on the framework of HPSG), and implemented it in the Linguistic Knowledge Builder (LKB). The results of parsing our experimental test suites show that our grammar provides us with enriched grammatical information that can lead to the development of a robust dialogue system for the language.


Deep Processing Lexical Information Complex Predicate Phrase Structure Grammar Object Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jong-Bok Kim
    • 1
  • Peter Sells
    • 2
  • Jaehyung Yang
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EnglishKyung Hee UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Dept. of LinguisticsStanford UniversityUSA
  3. 3.School of Computer EngineeringKangnam UniversityKyunggiKorea

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