Abbey MRS Meeting at the Chrysalis in 2014

This page is here to keep track of topics discussed at the small group mid-year meeting hosted by TheAbbey and held at The Chrysalis in February of 2014.

Schedule

Though we need not stick to any particular schedule, tentatively we have 9 sessions (in PST):

Day

Time

Notes

Saturday

10:00 - 11:00

Morning session

11:00 - 12:15

Early lunch

12:15 - 14:45

(Possibly) intercontinental session

14:45 - 15:30

Coffee break / walk

15:30 - 17:30

Afternoon session

Sunday

9:00 - 11:00

Morning session

11:00 - 12:15

Early lunch

12:15 - 14:45

(Possibly) intercontinental session

14:45 - 15:30

Coffee break / walk

15:30 - 17:30

Afternoon session

Monday

9:00 - 11:00

Morning session

11:00 - 12:15

Early lunch

12:15 - 14:45

(Possibly) intercontinental session

14:45 - 15:30

Coffee break / walk

15:30 - 17:30

Afternoon session

Agenda

Our initial agenda is to investigate the following question in as much detail as time and interest dictates.

How can MRS (and its implementation in the ERG, for concreteness) represent some of the following types of distinctions in an underspecificied manner, where disambiguation is frequently partially but not fully not constrained by syntax?

A longstanding general design principle for MRS has been:

The MRS should express all the distinctions that are grammaticalized (i.e. implied by the syntax), but no more.

This is the grounds, for instance, for not including a fine grained word sense inventory in the PRED values. Cases where the syntax partially but not fully constrains some aspect of the meaning that seems atomic from the perspective of current MRS design (such as the above list) make it challenging to apply that principle consistently, however. Two possible explanations are (a) the principle is not clear enough about cases like this, or (b) the current shape of the MRS in these situations is incompatible with following the principle.

We need not discuss every item on that list, and other topics are welcome.

Notes

Day 1: Foundational

Day 2: Conceptual

Day 3: Phenomenal

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