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Swedish Prepositions are not Pure Function Words

Lars Ahrenberg
Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden

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Ingår i: Proceedings of the NoDaLiDa 2017 Workshop on Universal Dependencies, 22 May, Gothenburg Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 135:2, s. 11-18

NEALT Proceedings Series 31:2, s. 11-18

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Publicerad: 2017-05-29

ISBN: 978-91-7685-501-0

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

As for any categorial scheme used for annotation, UD abound with borderline cases. The main instruments to resolve them are the UD design principles and, of course, the linguistic facts of the matter. UD makes a fundamental distinction between content words and function words, and a, perhaps less fundamental, distinction between pure function words and the rest. It has been suggested that adpositions are to be included among the pure function words. In this paper I discuss the case of prepositions in Swedish and related languages in the light of these distinctions. It relates to a more general problem: How should we resolve cases where the linguistic intuitions and UD design principles are in conflict?

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