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Exercises

  1. ○ What constraints are required to correctly parse word sequences like I am happy and she is happy but not *you is happy or *they am happy? Implement two solutions for the present tense paradigm of the verb be in English, first taking Grammar Example 9-8 as your starting point, and then taking Grammar Example 9-22 as the starting point.

  2. ○ Develop a variant of grammar in Example 9-17 that uses a feature COUNT to make the distinctions shown here:

    Example 9-60. 

    1. The boy sings.

    2. *Boy sings.

    Example 9-61. 

    1. The boys sing.

    2. Boys sing.

    Example 9-62. 

    1. The water is precious.

    2. Water is precious.

  3. ○ Write a function subsumes() that holds of two feature structures fs1 and fs2 just in case fs1 subsumes fs2.

  4. ○ Modify the grammar illustrated in Example 9-32 to incorporate a BAR feature for dealing with phrasal projections.

  5. ○ Modify the German grammar in Example 9-59 to incorporate the treatment of subcategorization presented in Extending a Feature-Based Grammar.

  6. Develop a feature-based grammar that will correctly describe the following Spanish noun phrases:

    Example 9-63. 

    un

    cuadro

    hermos-o

    INDEF.SG.MASC

    picture

    beautiful-SG.MASC

    ‘a beautiful picture’

    Example 9-64. 

    un-os

    cuadro-s

    hermos-os

    INDEF-PL.MASC

    picture-PL

    beautiful-PL.MASC

    ‘beautiful pictures’

    Example 9-65. 

    un-a

    cortina

    hermos-a

    INDEF-SG.FEM

    curtain

    beautiful-SG.FEM

    ‘a beautiful curtain’

    Example 9-66. 

    un-as

    cortina-s

    hermos-as

    INDEF-PL.FEM

    curtain

    beautiful-PL.FEM

    ‘beautiful ...

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