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Title: Crossing Dependencies in Persian
Authors: Dehdari, Jonathan M
Keywords: Indo-European Languages
Indo-Iranian Languages
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Brigham Young University
Abstract: Languages occasionally have syntactic constructions that are difficult, if not impossible, to describe using a context-free grammar. One such construction is a crossing dependency. Crossing dependencies have been well studied for Dutch and Swiss German (Huybregts, 1976; Shieber, 1985), and recently for Tagalog (Maclachlan and Rambow, 2003). In this paper I propose that Persian exhibits crossing dependencies. In this SOV language, a light verb construction in the future tense becomes interrupted by a future auxiliary verb, which agrees with its subject in person and number. The future auxiliary also splits passive constructions in a similar manner. These forms present interesting challenges for computational models of language. Iwill discuss implications of this phenomenonwithin current formal and linguistic theories.
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