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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? Enjoy! :Peter -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux) Comment: For info see iD8DBQE8hD5qevbW9GDdlVARAvpsAJ0YJwVU486eEw6d7N21kNUS1+xilwCgxk1b RqY2LfB7hwMQ+EYz4TDVoUE= =N1k6 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----