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Wed Oct 27 2010

Diss: Computational Ling/Syntax: Chatsiou: 'A Lexical Functional ...'

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Message 1: A Lexical Functional Grammar Approach to Modern Greek Relative Clauses
Date: 26-Oct-2010
From: Aikaterini Chatsiou < - at - essex.ac.uk">achats - at - essex.ac.uk>
Subject: A Lexical Functional Grammar Approach to Modern Greek Relative Clauses
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Institution: University of Essex
Program: MPhil/PhD in Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Kakia Chatsiou

Dissertation Title: A Lexical Functional Grammar Approach to Modern Greek
Relative Clauses

Dissertation URL: http://bit.ly/9pqGhq

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Syntax

Subject Language(s): Greek (ell)


Dissertation Director(s):
Bob Borsley
Mary Dalrymple
Doug Arnold
Louisa Sadler

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis presents an account of the properties of Relative Clauses in Modern
Greek, with particular focus on the distribution of the resumption and gap
relativization strategies. For the most part relative clauses have been regarded
in the literature as a type of Long Distance dependencies with unique
properties. This thesis looks at the properties of three types of relative
clauses in Modern Greek (restrictive, non-restrictive and free relative clauses).

Working in the framework of Lexical Functional Grammar, we present an overview
of the most important properties of Modern Greek Relative Clauses focusing on
the distribution of the gap and resumption strategies in these constructions. We
propose an analysis of Relative Clauses that brings forward the similarities of
the three types of Relatives while at the same time managing to account for
their dissimilarities; and it is shown that such constructions can be
accommodated in LFG quite straightforwardly.

The thesis also presents a computational implementation of the analysis using
XLE (Xerox Linguistics Environment) a platform for testing and writing LFG grammars.
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