Fitting a Round Peg in a Square Hole: Japanese Resource Grammar in GF

  • Elizaveta Zimina
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7614)


This paper is a report on the development of a Japanese resource grammar in Grammatical Framework (GF), a programming language for multilingual grammars and their applications. Japanese became the 25\(^{\textrm{th}}\) language in the GF Resource Grammar Library (RGL). Grammars in the RGL are based on a common abstract syntax, which covers grammatical categories and syntactic relations that are supposed to be shared by different languages. Being typologically and genetically distant from the languages covered by the RGL, Japanese disputes the generality of some rules in the RGL abstract syntax and brings up new issues in the discussion on the universal properties of languages.


Japanese Grammatical Framework resource grammar natural language processing computational linguistics machine translation 


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  • Elizaveta Zimina
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  1. 1.University of GothenburgSweden

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