Paper: Testing a Grammar Customization System with Sahaptin

ACL ID N10-1032
Title Testing a Grammar Customization System with Sahaptin
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2010

I briefly describe a system for automatically creating an implemented grammar of a natu- ral language based on answers to a web-based questionnaire, then present a grammar of Sa- haptin, a language of the Pacific Northwest with complex argument-marking and agree- ment patterns, that was developed to test the system. The development of this grammar has proved useful in three ways: (1) verifying the correct functioning of the grammar cus- tomization system, (2) motivating the addition of a new pattern of agreement to the system, and (3) making detailed predictions that un- covered gaps in the linguistic descriptions of Sahaptin.