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Gaining the Perspective of a Language Family Oriented Grammar Design: Special Predicative Clitics in Slavic
 

Summary: Gaining the Perspective of a Language Family Oriented Grammar Design:
Special Predicative Clitics in Slavic
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Tania Avgustinova
Department of Computational Linguistics, University of Saarland
On the abstraction level of shared grammar, a common Slavic inventory of special predi-
cative clitics can be postulated in terms of feature specifications referring to information on
TYPE, CASE and INDEX (the latter encompassing person, number and gender). This inven-
tory is subject to parameterisation across Slavic languages. We argue that such an ap-
proach can contribute considerably to formalising clitic typology.
1 Preliminaries
A successful multilingual NLP system would eventually employ generic linguistic resources
that are adaptable to specific language and application requirements. Related languages
share a much wider range of linguistic information than typically assumed in standard mul-
tilingual grammar architectures. Taking grammatical relatedness seriously, we are par-
ticularly interested in designing linguistically motivated grammatical resources for Slavic
languages to be used in computational linguistics. Pursuing this goal, however, one is in-
evitably confronted with primary problems stemming from a situation in which different
linguistic theories cut up grammars in quite different ways, and grammar formalisms differ
in their degree of granularity. It cannot be expected, therefore, that the minimal differences

  

Source: Avgustinova, Tania - Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Universitšt des Saarlandes

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences