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The verbal phrase of Northern Sotho: A morpho-syntactic perspective

  • So far, comprehensive grammar descriptions of Northern Sotho have only been available in the form of prescriptive books aiming at teaching the language. This paper describes parts of the first morpho-syntactic description of Northern Sotho from a computational perspective (Faaß, 2010a). Such a description is necessary for implementing rule based, operational grammars. It is also essential for the annotation of training data to be utilised by statistical parsers. The work that we partially present here may hence provide a resource for computational processing of the language in order to proceed with producing linguistic representations beyond tagging, may it be chunking or parsing. The paper begins with describing significant Northern Sotho verbal morpho-syntactics (section 2). It is shown that the topology of the verb can be depicted as a slot system which may form the basis for computational processing (section 3). Note that the implementation of the described rules (section 4) and also coverage tests are ongoing processes upon that we will report in more detail at a later stage.

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Author:Gertrud FaaßORCiD
Parent Title (English):LREC 2010, Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Publisher:European Language Resources Association
Place of publication:Luxemburg
Editor:Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis, Mike Rosner, Daniel Tapias
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2010
Date of Publication (online):2023/05/10
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
GND Keyword:Chunking; Morphosyntax; Nordsotho; Sotho-Sprache; Verbalphrase
First Page:37
Last Page:42
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt