Author Archives: Colin Batchelor

Installing MaltParser on Mac OS X 10.6.8

MaltParser is a dependency parser and it’s available here: http://www.maltparser.org/download.html If you try to run the ready-built jar under Mac OS X 10.6.8 and you haven’t updated to Java 1.7, you’ll get a major.minor version number error. However, if you … Continue reading

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Headline passive

I read the news today. To be precise, I’ve been looking at the BBC website’s news in Gaelic and I’ve spotted a grammatical theme among a large proportion of the headlines and standfirsts: Fiosrachadh ga shireadh mu ghoid charbad phoilis “information sought about … Continue reading

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gdbank: CCG and dependency structures in Scottish Gaelic

I have been working on a small corpus of Scottish Gaelic sentences. The words in them are all annotated with categorial grammar types and dependency relations. It’s available on Google Code GitHub and there is a more detailed description in this … Continue reading

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CLTW2014: report

Last weekend I was in Dublin for the first Celtic Language Technology Workshop, which was part of COLING2014. I am still digesting and still to follow up everything, but here’s a very brief summary. Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha (DCU) started with an overview … Continue reading

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Quick note on visccg and UTF-8 for openccg beginners

If you can’t get UTF-8 to work in visccg (looking at Stack Overflow suggests this might be a Python-on-the-Mac thing, but I wouldn’t swear to it) you can still edit .ccg files in Your Favourite Text Editor and ccg2xml will … Continue reading

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The Coordinate Structure Constraint: evidence from Irish

Previously. Ross’s 1967 MIT thesis Constraints on Variables in Syntax introduced, among other things, the Coordinate Structure Constraint, which is a generalization of the intuitive notion that coordinators (in English, “and”, “but”, “or” and so on) coordinate nouns with nouns … Continue reading

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An interesting case of coordination

A few weeks ago I spotted this from @BBCAimsir (the weather in Gaelic) on Twitter: Tha i blàth agus sinn air 20C a ruighinn an Glaschu agus na Criochan. Ach frasan trom is dealanaich air nochdadh mu thimcheall Inbhir Nis. — … Continue reading

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Celtic Language Technology Workshop at COLING 2014

There hasn’t been an enormous amount of work done on the Celtic languages in the fields of computational linguistics or natural language processing, so I was very pleased to see that COLING this year has a workshop on them: http://fionlive2.dcu.ie/cltw2014/ I … Continue reading

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What particles do

Most words in categorial grammar are functions. In English, a transitive verb such as “eats” is a function that takes two NP arguments and gives you a clause, S, back. The notation for this is (S/NP)\NP. (Aside: This is rather … Continue reading

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What the meaning of “is” is

This is the Scottish Gaelic is, often pronounced and written ‘s, not the English “is”. It’s a copula, and you can say things like Is mise Càilean, or ‘S math sin, but usually the constructions are more complicated than that and … Continue reading

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