Paper: Local Constraints On Sentence Markers And Focus In Somali

ACL ID P06-2044
Title Local Constraints On Sentence Markers And Focus In Somali
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2006
Authors

We present a computationally tractable ac- count of the interactions between sentence markers and focus marking in Somali. So- mali, as a Cushitic language, has a ba- sic pattern wherein a small ‘core’ clause is preceded, and in some cases followed by, a set of ‘topics’, which provide scene- seting information against which the core is interpreted. Some topics appear to carry a ‘focus marker’, indicating that they are particularly salient. We will outline a com- putationally tractable grammar for Somali in which focus marking emerges naturally from a consideration of the use of a range of sentence markers.