Verb-Initial Grammars: a multilingual/parallel perspective

ESRC Project RES-000-23-0505

University of Essex
Department of Language and Linguistics

Verb-initial grammars: A multilingual/parallel perspective

ESRC Project RES-000-23-0505

Participants Oxford University, Centre for Linguistics and Philology:
Mary Dalrymple, Charles Randriamasimanana

University of Essex, Department of Linguistics
Louisa Sadler, Ingo Mittendorf

Objectives This project, which ran from April 2004 to May 2007, developed broad-coverage computational lexicons and grammars for two verb-initial languages, Welsh (Celtic) at the University of Essex, and Malagasy (Austronesian) at Oxford University. The project was a part of PARGRAM, a collaborative project to develop computational grammars within a shared linguistic framework and based on common linguistic assumptions.

The syntactic framework of reference for PARGRAM is the highly stable and mathematically well-understood theory of Lexical Functional Grammar, a constraint-based theory of linguistic structure.

Participants use the XLE grammar development platform, an efficient and powerful system developed and maintained at the Palo Alto Research Center in California, which faithfully implements LFG theory.

Resources Papers and presentations on the Welsh work can be found here

Data and resources for Welsh can be found here.

The Welsh Grammar can be run using the University of Bergen XLE Web Interface (access to Welsh Grammar version 13/06/07). For instructions on how to do this and further information, look here.

Other Welsh resources: A Historical Corpus of the Welsh Language

Welsh Numerals Project . An AHRC-funded project developing out of this ESRC-funded Welsh grammar.

Data and resources for Malagasy can be found here.


Last Update: Louisa Sadler 13/06/07