You can get some of the way with a text that has been annotated with POS
tags. You can just look for POS sequences that you expect in this kind of
construction. It's a pretty crude way to go, but it's relatively cheap and

Martin Mueller

Professor of English and Classics
Northwestern University

On 12/6/12 3:55 PM, "Birnbaum, David J" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>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
>Orthography: Лодку унесло ветром
>Romanization: Lodku uneslo vetrom
>Interlinear gloss: BOAT-accusative-sg CARRY-past-neuter-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])