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The Syntactic Analyses Project (The SAP)

The SAP will focus on the analysis of sentences drawn from a variety of sources, which will be used to highlight grammatical rules as well as some linguistic theories and phenomena. This analysis will be conducted by parsing (dividing) sentences and determining (identifying) their syntactic functions. The goal is to understand the exact meaning of a word or phrase, or a sentence.

This process of grammatical division, and identification of syntactic functions will highlight grammatical form and grammatical function. In sum, The SAP through its parses will put on display the traditional rules of grammar, the goal of which is to encourage grammatical proficiency.

As you may have already correctly inferred, parse is used here in its linguistic sense, which, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition, means:

  1. a: to divide (a sentence) into grammatical parts and identify the parts and their relations to each other
    b: to describe (a word) grammatically by stating the part of speech and explaining the inflection

SAP posts

April 24, 2020


Pronoun it is the subject According to John Lawler, extraposition “seems to work to keep subject complement clauses from assuming the normal subject position preceding the […]
April 20, 2020


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April 20, 2020

Parsing for complementizers that have filler-gap dependencies

Look at the following examples: The head-initialized antecedent (italicized) has a complementizer (bolded) that is the syntactic head of a full clause, the embedded clause (coloured […]