LINGUIST List 21.2766
Thu Jul 01 2010
Software: Syntactica Software
Editor for this issue: Dayn Schulert
Message 1: Syntactica Software
From: Michelle Pullano <mpullanomit.edu>
Subject: Syntactica Software
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The MIT Press is pleased to announce the availability of Syntactica software.
Download Syntactica for Mac OSX or Windows, and the Syntactica User Manualat http://mitpress.mit.edu/syntactica.
Syntactica is a software application tool designed to let you study naturallanguage structure in a fun, interactive way. It is designed to be used inconjunction with the text 'Grammar as Science'. The program provides asimple interface for:
• Creating grammars (consisting of phrase-structure rules and lexicons)• Viewing the structures they assign to natural language expressions• Transforming those structures by syntactic operations such as movement,deletion and copying
Syntactica permits many aspects of syntactic theory to be explored. Therule and lexicon windows allow you to assign and control the percolation ofsyntactic features. The TreeViewer window lets you to perform a variety offormal operations on trees by simply pointing, clicking and using theTransforms panel. Syntactica also allows you to control various constraintson operations, including an elementary version of Subjacency. Originallydeveloped under NeXTSTEP, Syntactica has been ported to JAVA, where it runsunder Mac OSX and WIN.
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