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    Question Drawing trees

    Hi every body,

    I am involved in a task that requires me to draw trees for a set of sentences written in Arabic language , how to draw trees for verbal sentences and wh-questions for Arabic using the framework of Lexical functional grammar ? I would highly appreciate it if you guide me into this or supply me with resources in the field .

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    Default Re: Drawing trees for Arabic sentences

    Tanslation from the Persian diagrammed ( 1 2) Frank Antonson

    Check out the above thread. It might be of some help or interest.

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    Default Re: Drawing trees for Arabic sentences

    Thanks alot Mr.Frank
    but why do u suggest Persian is it similar to Arabic ?

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    Default Re: Drawing trees for Arabic sentences

    Only because the writing is from right to left.

    I realize that Persian and Arabic are in no other way related. Well...there is the beauty of the script.

    The thread that I recommended uses Reed-Kellogg. By using the words "tree diagram" I think you will want another system.

    Still, I am interested.

    Frank

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    Default Re: Drawing trees for Arabic sentences

    Thanks sir ,
    I really appreciate yr help
    but what exactly want is how to draw trees for Arabic in the framework of LFG , should I adopt the rules of phrase structure rules" generative grammar " or those of X-bar theory ?
    Could u tell me ,sir ?

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    The only way that I know how to diagram sentences is using Reed-Kellogg.

    It is an American system, developed around 1875.

    There is no reason why it should not work in Arabic, but it is very possible that any teachers you have will not understand it.

    The quickest way I know to learn the system is to go to the website:

    "Diagram It"

    Maybe you will have to google that. When I get to school I will send you the exact site.

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    Here is the website:

    Diagramming Sentences

    If you wish to use this system, I would suggest that as you learn it you do the Arabic-speaking community a service and translate the sample sentences into Arabic.

    You will need a program to diagram with. I use "SmartDraw 7 Suite Edition."

    Incidentally, if anyone reading this knows of a better program for diagrammig, please let me know.

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    Default Re: Drawing trees for Arabic sentences

    thank you v.much

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    the following is a program for parsing sentences in accordance with LFG
    XLE Web Interface

    Regards ,

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    Thanks. That is really cool.

    I will play with that some.

    I did not realize that there was anything like that online.

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