[Lingtyp] syntactic construction formula
Christian Lehmann
christian.lehmann at uni-erfurt.de
Sun Dec 20 10:23:00 UTC 2020
Dear all,
Guillermo González Campos and I are garnishing our (future) Cabecar
grammar with formulas of syntactic structure. Each representation layer
(like "structural", "semantic", ...) is one-dimensional. The structural
layer involves symbols representing significative components plus
indexed brackets. Some constructions comprise a component C which is
obligatory, but may occur in different positions. Sometimes a "basic"
position may be identified, of which other positions are optional
permutations. If so, I can provide a formula for the basic position and
add a prose sentence on the variation. Now suppose there is no such
basic position. A possibility of representing such a state of affairs is
to provide a construction formula for each of the variants, like:
X C Y
X Y C
Rather space-consuming and less than elegant. Is there a notation which
allows one to write something like
X C Y C
to mean that C can and must occupy either of the two positions?
(Ordinary parentheses would not work, in my view, as they imply
optionality.)
Thanks for advice,
Christian
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