thanks for bringing up this topic. I am currently involved in a project
where we want to achieve something similar, so I am also interested in
recommendations and best-practice examples.
I am fairly new to the TEI, but from what I learned so far, my first
attempt would be something along the following lines:
1. Annotate the words/morphemes using ISOCat data categories (using
feature structures and dcr:datcat in TEI), and
2. Define the syntactic relations between elements as a graph.
Step 2 seems to depend on the linguistic model you choose. Especially,
if you use a constituency grammar model or a dependency grammar model.
If I read things correctly, the SynAF model uses the first approach, but
both are probably viable choices.
Currently, I guess it would be possible to store the syntactic graph in
TEI using the graph module. But I have to admit that my investigation in
this direction is still at the beginning, so I’d like to learn more
about this. There seem to be non-TEI XML representations for syntactic
graphs like tiger2 for SynAF, but I have not yet fully evaluated the
This is not so much an answer to your questions than my preliminary
thoughts on the subjects you raised. But maybe this already contains
some hints, and maybe others can give more elaborate answers.
Am Donnerstag, den 06.12.2012, 16:55 -0500 schrieb Birnbaum, David J:
> Dear TEI-L,
> Some colleagues have asked me for guidance in using TEI markup to support syntactic analysis. I'm looking for some general guidelines (e.g., "how does one represent linguistic relationships between words in a sentence?"), but in case it helps, their specific immediate object of study involves a type of pseudo-passive construction in Russian that uses passive-participle verbal morphology but also a direct object in the accusative:
> Orthography: Лодку унесло ветром
> Romanization: Lodku uneslo vetrom
> Interlinear gloss: BOAT-accusative-sg CARRY-past-neuter-singular WIND-instrumental-singular
> Prose translation: 'The boat was carried away by the wind'
> I'm not asking about the linguistics, of course. My question is whether there are TEI facilities that would enable someone to model syntactic structures (including odd-ball structures like this) in a useful way. Tagging the individual words for morphological category is easy, but I don't do this kind of linguistics myself, and I'm not sure what would be considered Best Practice in the TEI community for representing syntactic (e.g, subject~object, etc.) and thematic (e.g., agent~patient, etc.) relationships. There are really two parts to my question:
> 1. How should one do this in TEI?
> 2. Should one do this in TEI, or in XML at all, for that matter, or is XML not the best tool for this sort of work?
> David (Birnbaum, [log in to unmask])
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