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    Title: A Formal Grammar of Spanish for Phrase-level Analysis
    Applied to Information Retrieval

    Publication year: 2002

    Publisher: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Book URL:

    Author: M.ª Paula Santalla del Río


    M.ª Paula Santalla del Río, A Formal Grammar of Spanish for
    Phrase-level Analysis Applied to Information Retrieval,
    Lalia, Series Maior, 14, Universidade de Santiago de
    Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, 2002.

    Linguistic fields: formal grammar and syntax
    Subject language: Spanish
    Written in: English

    This book describes in detail the formal grammar of Spanish
    developed, on the one hand, in the frame of the DoRo project
    (Esprit 22716), a research project in the area of
    Information Retrieval, specifically of Document Routing
    applications. On the other hand, the proposed grammar is
    conditioned by the analysis and the further automatic
    development of BDS (Base de Datos Sintácticos-Syntatic
    Database:, which, developed in the
    University of Santiago and especially organized to show
    data about verb government, contains the manual analysis of
    160.000 clauses of current Spanish. Because of the first
    aim, this is a grammar for the identification of phrases,
    because of the second one, the grammar aims at identifying
    phrases to the extent that these do match linguistic
    sequences that fill syntactic functional slots at
    clause-level analysis. This duplicity of objectives is
    accounted for especially in Chapter 4 of the book, where
    we describe the necessary adjustments (required by either
    the simpler objective of identifying sequences of phrases or
    the, more complex, objective of integrating this
    identification in a clause-level grammar) in the formal
    description of the structures dealt with in previous

    The formalism used in the description is AGFL (Affix
    Grammars over Finite Lattices, and the
    descriptive model underlying the description is based on
    constitutive and functional principles. After the first
    chapter of introduction, Chapter 2 is devoted to the verb
    phrase, intended as any combination of verb forms,
    auxiliaries or main verbs, and clitic pronouns that can
    express a combination of voice, impersonality and argument
    subcategorization (prepositional requirements included)
    functional in a real context and obtained from the
    possibilities that for such combinations shows the verb in
    the lexical level. Chapter 3 is subsequently devoted to the
    noun phrase, the pronoun phrase, the adverb phrase, the
    adjective phrase and the extension of the first two of them
    by means of determiners. It deals as well with
    nominalizations, clause constituents of clauses (infinitive
    clauses, that-clauses, etc.) and prepositional phrases.
    Chapter 4, as we already pointed out above in this message,
    deals with the necessary adjustments made in the formal
    structures described before ir order to integrate the
    phrase-level grammar in different environments of
    application, these adjustments concern primarily the
    treatment of ambiguity in the grammar.

    The book can be ordered from:

    Servicio de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico
    Campus universitario sur / E-15782 Santiago de Compostela
    Phone: +34 981 593500 / Fax: +34 981 593963

    Paperback: ISBN 84-8121-851-0, pages: 441, price:
    Spain: 25.24 Euros (VAT included)
    Foreign countries: 24.27 Euros (+ 3.85)
    COMMENT: 15% off for institutions

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