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Apertium-recursive/Cookbook

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This page is intended to be a collection of solutions to common transfer problems. It is sorted vaguely be complexity, so it could potentially also serve as a tutorial. Functioning rulesets for each of these examples can be found at https://github.com/apertium/apertium-recursive/tree/master/tests/cookbook.

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Noun-Adjective Gender Agreement

NP -> adj n { 1(gender=2.gender) _1 2 } ;

This will copy the gender tag of the noun to the adjective.

Reordering

NP -> adj n { 2 _1 1 } ;

This will reverse the order of the noun and adjective.

Agreement across Multiple Levels

NP -> n.$gender.$number { 1 } |
      adj NP.$gender.$number { 2 _1 1(gender=2.gender) } ;
DP -> det NP { 1(number=2.number) _1 2 } ;

These rules will match a determiner, 0 or more adjectives, and a noun and make all the adjectives agree with the noun in gender and the determiner agree with the noun in number. The adjectives will also be output after the noun in the reverse of their input order.

Selecting Output Patterns

v_inf: _.<inf>;
v_fin: _.tense.person.number;
v: (if (1.tense = inf) 1[v_inf]
    else 1[v_fin]);

When outputting a verb, this will not try to add person and number tags if the tense is <inf>.

Case to Preposition

case = nom acc dat gen loc abl;
preps = NOpr to of at from;

case > preps : nom NOpr, acc NOpr, dat to, gen of, loc at, abl from;

NP -> n (if (1.case>preps = NOpr)
            { 1 }
         else
            { *[pr](lemh=1.case>preps) _ 1 } ) ;

Case to Preposition on Another Level

If you want to do something like the previous example, but you want to be able to have determiners and adjectives between the preposition and the noun, you could do something like making preps a flag on the NP and passing up:

NP -> n [$preps=1.case>preps] { 1 } ;
DP -> det NP.$preps { 1 _1 2 } ;
PP -> DP ?(1.preps not = NOpr) { *[pr](lemh=1.preps) _ 1 } ;

Now things can be added to the NP rule to deal with adjectives and the DP rule could match just an NP and insert determiners and so on.

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