A Computational Grammar of Ga

Lars Hellan


Abstract
The paper describes aspects of an HPSG style computational grammar of the West African language Ga (a Kwa language spoken in the Accra area of Ghana). As a Volta Basin Kwa language, Ga features many types of multiverb expressions and other particular constructional patterns in the verbal and nominal domain. The paper highlights theoretical and formal features of the grammar motivated by these phenomena, some of them possibly innovative to the formal framework. As a so-called deep grammar of the language, it hosts a rich lexical structure, and we describe ways in which the grammar builds on previously available lexical resources. We outline an environment of current resources in which the grammar is part, and lines of research and development in which it and its environment can be used.
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2020.rail-1.7
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Proceedings of the first workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages
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May
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2020
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Marseille, France
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RAIL
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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36–44
Language:
English
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https://aclanthology.org/2020.rail-1.7
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Lars Hellan. 2020. A Computational Grammar of Ga. In Proceedings of the first workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages, pages 36–44, Marseille, France. European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
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A Computational Grammar of Ga (Hellan, RAIL 2020)
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