The Minimalist Machine: An Implementation of Arabic Structures and Syntax
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AbstractThis thesis discusses and implements Arabic data from the Syrian dialect within the Minimalist Machine program first created and developed for English and Japanese by Sandiway Fong and Jason Ginsberg. This thesis centers on implementing data found in Kristen Brustad’s The Syntax of Spoken Arabic: A Comparative Study (2000) and introduces a minimalist Arabic grammar into the Minimalist Machine program, a Prolog-based system [that uses an online server to self-contain the information recall]. The data and insights from Brustad, as well as other prevalent sources in Arabic syntax, were used to inform and compose the syntactic constraints for the Prolog-based system.
Degree ProgramHonors College