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Two Books on French Syntax

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This quarter I’m working on French parsing with Marie-Catherine de Marneffe. Since I don’t speak French (yet), I bought two syntax books. While it seems non-intuitive to work with a language you don’t know, one benefit of formal linguistics training is that you can start to analyze a language as a system composed of a subset of linguistic components. So even though I don’t know what le garçon embrassé sa petite amie means, I do know that nouns bear gender and can indicate number, non-finite verbs don’t agree with their subjects, and so on. So begins my first foray outside of Arabic.

  • Rowlett, Paul. The Syntax of French. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
    • A consolidated primer in Chomskyan notation. Useful if you have taken an introductory, grad-level syntax course.
  • Fagyal, Zsuzsanna, Douglass Kibbee, and Fred Jenkins. French: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Written by Spence

January 10th, 2011 at 10:41 am

Posted in French,NLP

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