Abstract

Languages occasionally have syntactic constructions that are difficult, if not impossible, to describe using a context-free grammar. One such construction is a crossing dependency. Crossing dependencies have been well studied for Dutch and Swiss German (Huybregts, 1976; Shieber, 1985), and recently for Tagalog (Maclachlan and Rambow, 2003). In this paper I propose that Persian exhibits crossing dependencies. In this SOV language, a light verb construction in the future tense becomes interrupted by a future auxiliary verb, which agrees with its subject in person and number. The future auxiliary also splits passive constructions in a similar manner. These forms present interesting challenges for computational models of language. I will discuss implications of this phenomenon within current formal and linguistic theories.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Linguistics and English Language

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Date Submitted

2006-07-13

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1441

Keywords

Persian, Farsi, crossing dependencies, cross-serial dependencies, context-free grammar, planarity, split headedness, syntax, linguistics, BYU

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