Re: writing a grammar
|From:||Peter Clark <pc451@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 5, 2002, 3:41|
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On Monday 04 March 2002 08:53 pm, Aidan Grey wrote:
> Does anyone know of where to look (online or otherwise) to find a good
> outline or synopsis of how to write a language grammar? Mark Donohue's
> synopsis is a little to simplistic for me.
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I have an online copy, but I'm not going to
tell you the URL, because I don't want you to bookmark it, as I intend to
move it to a new site within a matter of weeks. :) Instead, I'm attaching a
zipped html file of the questions. Please forgive the binary attachment; it's
only 10k, but I understand that some people don't like such things.
David Durand and I compiled it several years ago from Thomas Payne's book,
"Describing Morphosyntax." While he did not intend it to be so, this is
really a conlanger's dream come true. Buy this book, it's the closest thing
to a conlang cookbook there is. It's only $25, and you won't regret it, I
promise. That's high praise from a miser like me. :) It will also help
explain some of the terms used in the questions.
Note: all the questions that appear in the book are listed, although not
every section has questions. Hence you will find sections that have no
questions. These were left in so that you could construct a grammar around
his outline for the ideal grammar, even if he did not include questions for
each section. Got it?
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