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LEXICAL-FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR OF THE CROATIAN LANGUAGE

LEXICAL-FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR OF THE CROATIAN LANGUAGE

LEXICAL-FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR OF THE CROATIAN

LEXICAL-FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR OF THE CROATIAN LANGUAGE:THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL MODELSSANJA SELJAN, Ph.D.FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SCIENCESIVANA LUČIĆA 3, 10 000 ZAGREB, CROATIA, E-MAIL: SSELJAN@FFZG.HRFormal description aims to find the most suitable way to formalize a certain segment of thelanguage, or some language phenomena at morphological, lexical, syntactic or semantic level.There is a variety of formal models based on different approaches in order describe thenatural language as much as possible. One type of such formal model is described in the thesisentitled “Lexical-Functional Grammar of the Croatian Language: Theoretical and PracticalModels”.The aim of this work was:a) To find the theoretical formal models and to define formal rules in order to describecertain language phenomena at the morphological, lexical, syntactic and semantic level for thesubset of Croatian language sentences.b) To verify computationally theoretical models using LFGW program in Amzi PrologThe method used for the formal description of the Croatian is Lexical-Functional Grammarwhich is generative non-transformational grammar, belonging to the group of UnificationGrammars.The hypothesis to verify is definition of the LFG model as context-sensitive grammar or thegrammar on the basis of constraints according to which it should be suitable for introduction of newcharacteristic features and for the description of language with relatively free word order.1 IntroductionThe formal model of the Lexical-Functional Grammar is used for the formal description ofsome segments of the Croatian language. Since the LFG model tends to belong to the contextsensitivetype of grammars enabling agreement and introduction of new characteristic features, it issupposed to be suitable for description of the language with rich morphological system andrelatively free ford order, such as Croatian.Because of the rich morphological system, case marking and agreement are one of the mostimportant tasks to accomplish. Because of formal problems, some new parts of speech areintroduced, as well as new characteristic features. Other linguistic phenomena are also analyzed,such as subcategorization, active and passive sentences, idioms, impersonal constructions,composite tenses, extraction and long-distance dependencies and clitics.Since the LFG model tends to unify computer efficacy with linguistic theories, and usessome methods from mathematics and logic, this model has its computer application. LFG has beenused in the automatic text processing, in text generation and in machine translation.The practical part of the LFG model consists of the computer program written in LFGW(LFG for Windows, code in Amzi Prolog) by A. Andrews, University of Brisbane. The programgives for the sentence in the Croatian two structures:a) Constituent structure using tree form and defining the syntactic level with parts of speechand casesb) Functional structure in the matrix form unifying information form the constituentstructure and from the lexicon, which has to satisfy principles of uniqueness, coherence andcompleteness.

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