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ERIC Number: ED028408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Pages: 65
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A Computer Program for Testing Grammars On-Line.
Gross, Louis N.
This paper describes a computer system which is intended to aid the linguist in building a transformational grammar. The program operates as a rule tester, performing three services for the user through sets of functions which allow the user to--specify, change, and print base trees (to which transformations would apply); define transformations and specify the conventions for applying them; and apply these transformations to the base trees. It is expected that the rule tester would be of use to a linguist who has written a transformational grammar in which his rules were explicit. He would use the rule tester to find out whether his rules actually do what he thinks they do, to modify the grammar when necessary, and to observe the workings of his rules in detail. The rule tester might be of use in teaching an introductory course in transformational grammar, enabling the student to observe the workings of the machinery of transformational application and to see his errors pointed out to him immediately. The program described here runs on the M.I.T. Compatible Time Sharing System and uses the LISP programming language. While the description of the program given in this paper is not sufficiently detailed to enable the linguist with no experience with computers and the CTSS system to use the program, it is hoped that the linguist will be able to judge whether it would be useful for him. A model "script" is appended. (JD)
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