In this paper, I give an overview of HaG, an emerging computational grammar of Hausa, developed within the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure (HPSG). Implementation of the grammar is motivated by two major goals: first, the availability of an implemented grammar will contribute a reusable linguistic resource for a computationally under-resourced language. Second, the implementation of a competence grammar based on a linguistically motivated formalism such as HPSG will provide testable models of linguistic theories. Since HaG is the first implemented grammar of a tone language that systematically integrates suprasegmental phonology, this will hopefully further our understanding of the computational treatment of (African) tone languages.
Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Context
edited by Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-453-9 library binding
xi + 337 pages
publication date: 2012
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA