, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 303-323
Date: 27 Feb 2007

From word to sentence: a pregroup analysis of the object pronoun who(m)

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Abstract

We explore a computational algebraic approach to grammar via pregroups, that is, partially ordered monoids in which each element has both a left and a right adjoint. Grammatical judgements are formed with the help of calculations on types. These are elements of the free pregroup generated by a partially ordered set of basic types, which are assigned to words, here of English. We concentrate on the object pronoun who(m).