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Computational Grammar of Inverted Constructions in Modern Hebrew

Project description

To design and implement a computational grammar of a fragment of Modern Hebrew, focusing on inverted constructions.
Nurit Melnik
Israeli Science Foundation (grant 136/01), The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science and VATAT


Verb-initial constructions are those in which the verb appears in a clause-initial position and is followed by the subject. Under the assumption that the default word order in Modern Hebrew is subject-verb-object, this type of a construction is considered inverted.

In my dissertation I provided a formal analysis of verb-initial constructions in the framework of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). An important feature of HPSG, which distinguishes it from competing frameworks, such as Chomsky's Government and Binding theory and its variants, is its underlying mathematical formalism. As such, grammatical theories in HPSG can be implemented and consequently tested against `real' data. The main objective of this project is to develop a computational implementation of the grammar which I have proposed in my dissertation and to test it against `real' corpus data.





Mailing address Nurit Melnik
Department of Computer Science
University of Haifa
31905 Haifa, Israel.
Phone +972-4-8288466
Fax +972-4-8249331
E-mail nurit@cs.haifa.ac.il

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