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ERIC Number: ED175259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Locating Variation in the Grammar.
Guy, Gregory R.
A careful examination of the location of variation in the grammar is advocated as opposed to attempts to cover linguistic generalizations with a single rule. Such an examination may lead to non-deterministic solutions, since there may be two distinct possible derivations for a single surface structure. For instance, in Portuguese, the variation found in the phrase "as casa branca" could result from plural marking throughout followed by deletion of the final two -s's, or from non-application of the plural marking rule in the case of one or both of the last two words. A multiple rule solution may provide no way of distinguishing which rules did or did not apply to produce a given utterance. This approach, unlike extremely complicated rules which attempt to cover all variations, honors the basic concept of separate grammatical levels. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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