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Parsing Language-Specific Constructions: The Case of French Pronominal Clitics

ContributorsWehrli, Eric
Published inFormal Models in the Study of Language, Editors Blochowiak, J., p. 465-475
PublisherCham : Springer
Publication date2017

This paper describes the treatment of French pronominal clitics developed for the multilingual Fips parser. Following a brief description of the Fips parser with its object-oriented design and a short review of the basic facts about French clitics, an analysis is presented which distinguishes pronominal chains (in the unmarked case) and argument absorption (for reflexive-reciprocal clitics agreeing with the grammatical subject). Specific data structures and associated procedures are necessary to implement the clitic-trace chain in the first case and the argument absorption in the second case. Exploiting the object-oriented model, we argue that such specific mechanisms should not be part of the basic (universal) model of the parser, but rather should be introduced as a specialization of the base model for languages which display pronominal clitics, such as Romance languages.

  • Parsing
  • Clitic pronouns
  • Anaphoric clitic
  • Generative syntax
  • Clitic attachment
  • Clitic interpretation
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WEHRLI, Eric. Parsing Language-Specific Constructions: The Case of French Pronominal Clitics. In: Formal Models in the Study of Language. Cham : Springer, 2017. p. 465–475. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-48832-5_25
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