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Re: [SHOEBOX] answers to David and jeff

From:The Gray Wizard <dbell@...>
Date:Friday, July 21, 2000, 23:01
> From: [] > > So far all I can come up with is prettyr kludgey and probably time > consuming... but here goes. :) > > \lx mastmear > \u masad - mear -0 > \a mastmeare (assuming this would be correct to indicate the ergative...) > \u masad - mear -e > > assuming mastmeare is the ergative form, you will get it all > correct. The > problem lies in the fact that each of your nouns will need the > complete set > of alternate forms regardless of regularity... I tried using variables to > make this easier, but it seems not to work. Maybe somebody else can shed > some light. You will need a lexical entry for -0, the null > morpheme, but it > would normally be printed in the dictionary. But Shoebox, of > course, handles > this by letting you filter out records. simply add a no-print marker or > something, which you can use to filter out fields not intended > for printing. > :) By the way, what the heck does Ausgezeichnet mean????? :)
Jeff, are you aware that your last two responses were sent directly to me and not the list. I responded to the list because I assumed that was what you meant to do. Your suggestion would work, but would require including entries for absolutive and ergative for all nouns, 3rd persons pronouns and demonstratives and nominative (also a null morpheme) and accusative for all speech-act pronouns. Not exactly elegant, but neither is hardcoding the null morphemes in the text. BTW, you made some good guesses on the forms. Actually the ergative of 'mastmear' would be 'mastmearre', but the gemination is handled by the ergative inflection. I haven't tried playing with variables yet. I suppose I should. Ausgezeichnet = German for excellent! Thanks again, David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard "Wisdom begins in wonder." - Socrates