AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth International FLAIRS Conference

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Studying Formal Properties of a Free Word Order Language
Vladislav Kubon, Marketa Lopatkova

Last modified: 2012-05-16


The paper investigates a phenomenon of free word order through the analysis by reduction. It exploits its formal background and data types and studies the word order freedom by means of the minimal number of word order shifts (word order changes preserving syntactic correctness, individual word forms, their morphological characteristics and/or their surface dependency relations). The investigation focuses upon an interplay of two phenomena related to word order: (non-)projectivity of a sentence and number of word order shifts within the analysis by reduction. This interplay is exemplified on a sample of Czech sentences with clitics.


Free Word Order, Formal properties, Clitics, Analysis by Reduction

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