Reweaving a Grammar for Wambaya

Emily M. Bender


This paper presents a case study in grammar engineering for linguistic hypothesis testing, focusing on the treatment of second position auxiliaries in an HPSG grammar for Wambaya. A detailed comparison of two versions of this grammar highlights the interconnetedness of linguistic phenomena, the model-dependence of linguisic analyses, and the value of computational support in calculating the consequences of differing analytical choices.


syntax; computational syntax

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