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Master thesis defence: Ioanna Papadopoulou - GF Modern Greek Resource Grammar


Ioanna Papadopoulou in the MLT programme will defend her master's thesis "GF Modern Greek Resource Grammar".

The thesis describes the implementation of the Modern Greek grammar as part of the Grammatical Framework Resource Grammar Library (RGL).

Grammatical Framework (GF) is a special-purpose language for multilingual grammar applications. The RGL is a reusable library for dealing with the morphology and syntax of a growing number of natural languages. It uses an abstract syntax, which is common for all languages, and different concrete syntaxes implemented in GF. Both GF itself and the GF Resource Grammar Library are open-source.

The Modern Greek grammar covers all morphological variations of the language and contains definitions and rules for all the categories and functions that are provided in the GF abstract syntax, managing to fulfill the multilingualism purpose of the GF, and correlate the language with the various other languages in the RGL.

For the purpose of the implementation, a morphology-driven approach was used, meaning a bottom-up method, starting from the smallest units of the language (the words) before moving to the larger units (the sentences). We discuss the number of challenges we encountered during the development process, that originate primarily from the complexity of the Modern Greek language, both in a syntactic but mainly in a morphological level, and also from the difficulty to attribute forms and structures that derive solely from a semantic level and the choice of which, in actual speech situations, depends exclusively on the speaker itself.

Supervisor: Aarne Ranta
Opponent: Sevasti Louizou
Examiner: Torbjörn Lager

Date: 2013-05-30 13:15 - 14:15

Location: T219, Olof Wijksgatan 6


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