Cranberry Words in Formal Grammar

Frank Richter and Manfred Sailer

In: Claire Beyssade, Olivier Bonami, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, and Francis Corblin (eds): Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics 4. Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris. 2003.


Distributional idiosyncrasies have not received much attention in formal linguistics, and, thus, it is no surprise that so far grammars in existing frameworks have provided no means to express the attested occurrence restrictions. Adopting the framework of HPSG, we show how the necessary restrictions can be stated in the lexical entries of cranberry words. A new feature, COLL, used for this purpose can be seen as a periphery module that leaves the principle-governed part of the grammar untouched. Our analysis is thus in line with the general research program of generative linguistics.

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Bibtex entry:

   author       = {Frank Richter and Manfred Sailer},
   title        = {Cranberry Words in Formal Grammar},
   editor       = {Claire Beyssade and Olivier Bonami and
                   Patricia {Cabredo Hofherr} and Francis Corblin},
   year         = 2003,
   booktitle    = {Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics 4},
   volume       = 4,
   publisher    = {Presses de l'Universit\'e de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris},
   pages        = {155 -- 171}

Frank Richter