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To be and to be (2)

And there is another verb “to be”, like this: Positive: Is mise Calum. (I am Calum.) Interrogative: An tusa Ealasaid? (Are you Elizabeth?) Negative: Cha mise Calum. (I amn’t Calum.) Negative interrogative: Chan esan Uilleam? (Aren’t you William?) However, is … Continue reading

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To be and to be (1)

First up, “to be”. Bi has three forms in the present tense, according to whether it’s positive, interrogative, negative or negative interrogative, all thanks to particles which I don’t know whether they’re a VMOD or a P or a what. … Continue reading

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The slashes

In most frameworks you quickly get familiar with notation like PP (prepositional phrase), NP (noun phrase), VT (transitive verb), ADJ (adjective) and so forth. Categorial grammar however, bristles with things like (S\NP)\((S\NP)/(S[adj]\NP)). What’s going on here? Aside: hopefully these are … Continue reading

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Categorial Grammar of Gaelic

Categorial grammar is a promising framework for doing things like really fast parsing of English and handling coordination (words like “and”, “or”) in a principled way. And I’ve recently realized that I’m not going to understand how it works unless … Continue reading

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