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The Representation of Setswana Double Objects in LFG

Ansu Berg, Rigardt Pretorius and Laurette Pretorius


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Setswana is a Bantu language in the south eastern zone of Bantu languages and is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa. The technological development of Setswana includes the development of a parser that covers all the salient characteristics of Setswana morphology and syntax. One such a characteristic is the occurrence of two objects, both of which may be represented in the verb by object agreement morphemes. After discussing relevant typological features of Setswana, the focus is on the syntactic structure of Setswana sentences with double objects and double object agreement morphemes in LFG and on how the implementation of two Setswana objects can be modelled in XLE.

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