[Lingtyp] Resources on glossing choices

Christian Lehmann christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Tue Dec 31 15:35:26 UTC 2019

Dear Kate,

the best system of glossing that I know of is on my website (:-)):


which expands on an earlier publication referenced there.

As for your particular problem, I agree with you that the main concern 
is consistency. Assume you can distinguish between homonymy and 
polysemy, then even enumerating all the polysemous senses of a 
morph(eme) may be much to cumbersome for the gloss to be helpful. In 
such a case, my recommendation would be to treat the set of functions of 
each morpheme in the respective chapter of your grammar, relieving thus 
the interlinear gloss of this task, and adding a note that your glosses 
are, in this respect, context-dependent. To be sure, this is against a 
more general principle of consistent glossing. However, interlinear 
glosses serve a practical, not a theoretical function.



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