The Syntactic Analyses Project (The SAP)
Parsing English sentences
Topics & analyses
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Parsing sentences to better understand this syntactic theory
Next slide - The "hinge element"
Dell-Dell and Christine stood under the palm tree, whose baby leaves were swaying lightly in a most gentle sea breeze.
Dell-Dell and Christine stood under the palm tree, the baby leaves of which were swaying lightly in a most gentle sea breeze.
About four steps along a short passageway, at the end of which was a kitchen.
About four steps along a short passageway, at whose end was a kitchen.
About four steps along a short passageway, which had a kitchen at the end.
All of the above examples, except the second and the last one, feature Pied-piping. Click here to find out more
Parsing comparative sentences for the hinge element
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Parsing relatives to identify the function of complementizers and filler-gap dependencies
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“It’s really an important public health strategy that we have people thinking about.”
"Yes, and I think that it's something that—I had to find a way to understand as an adult.”
Dell-Dell’s life was as what she would have imagined her septuagenarian years to be.
She sipped from a glass what looked like orange juice.
Grammar, Syntax, and Theories
Parsing sentences to better understand the following:
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