Local constraints on Arabic word order

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  • Authors:
  • Allan Ramsay
  • Hanady Mansour


Syntactic analysis of Arabic poses two major problems, (i) Although the canonical order of Arabic sentences is VSO, a range of other orders are possible. In order to carry out such an analysis, then, it is necessary to have a grammatical framework and an associated parsing algorithm that can cope with free word order, (ii) Although a range of non-canonical orders are possible, not all orders are possible under all circumstances. The current paper outlines an approach to obtaining syntactic descriptions of sentences of Modern Standard Arabic, where the problems outlined above are compounded by omission of short vowels and other critical information from the written form. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event5th International Conference on NLP, FinTAL 2006 - Turku
Event duration: 1 Jul 2006 → …


Conference5th International Conference on NLP, FinTAL 2006
Period1/07/06 → …