The case for Dependency Parsing
- Dependency links are closer to the semantic relationships between the words
- No rule-nodes: one-node-per-word makes for simpler computation
- Word-at-a-time parsing: no need to wait for whole phrases to form
- More adequate treatment of languages with variable word-order
It is impossible to distinguish exactly what phrase-modifiers actually modify (think of ambiguous PP attachment), but that is exactly the kind of ambiguity syntactic parsing struggles with.