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Phrasal affixes and French morphosyntax

Jesse Tseng 1
1 LANGUE ET DIALOGUE - Human-machine dialogue with a significant language component
INRIA Lorraine, LORIA - Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications
Abstract : A number of "minor" elements in French occupy the boundary between syntax and morphology and call for a special analysis. This paper presents an HPSG formalization of a proposal for treating "à", "de", and the definite article "le" as phrasal affixes. The mixed status of these forms requires a two-level analysis, with morphophonological realization at the lexical level (using lexical prefixation rules) and syntactic/semantic interpretation in the syntax (using non-branching ID rules). The two levels are linked by EDGE feature percolation. The proposed treatment accounts for a range of grammatical phenomena that are highly problematic for traditional analyses in which "à", "de", and "le" are considered to be independent syntactic words.
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Jesse Tseng. Phrasal affixes and French morphosyntax. Proceedings of Formal Grammar 2003 FGVienna, Gerhard Jäger, Paola Monachesi, Gerald Penn, Shuly Wintner, May 2003, Vienne, Autriche, pp.177-188. ⟨inria-00107734⟩



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