Re: "Writing Transformational Grammars" Book
|From:||Erich Rickheit KSC <rickheit-cnl@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 9, 2004, 6:04|
Caleb Hines wrote:
> Here's one of the sample excersises from that book.
Well, I need an explanation.
If I ignore sentence 10, I can produce this 'grammar':
sentence : subject VERB object
subject : noun-phrase
object : noun-phrase
noun-phrase : modifier NOUN
modifier : ADJECTIVE | 0
subj VERB obj -> VERB obj subj
ma "eat" tagapa "love"
tagrup "caress" tasupa "hit"
bod "dog" gal "girl" ped "boy"
pso "man" samak "fish" umu "mother"
The last sentence:
10) buntu samak tagrup.
The big fish caresses the fish.
suggests a rule where the object can be deleted if it the same as the
subject - but we are told these are ungrammatical
The difference seems to be the presence of the adjective. So do I create an
optional transformational rule:
ADJECTIVE NOUN.1 VERB NOUN.1 -> ADJECTIVE NOUN.1 VERB
which would let me say '?buntu gal tagrup' "the big girl caresses the girl"?