[MUD-Dev] Parser engines

Artur Biesiadowski abies at adres.pl
Mon Mar 15 20:35:44 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004


Miroslav Silovic wrote:

> Being a native speaker of a Slavic language (Croatian, to be
> precise), I can tell you that any heavily inflected language is a
> real chore to work with. It's not just parsing, even outputting a
> barely grammatically correct prose (without worrying about the
> style) is quite a bit of a challenge.

On the other hand, if you will implement such parser/sentence
creator, you basically got most Slavic languages covered. Looking at
Croatian example, Polish would have exactly the same order for each
case, exactly the same differences (also 7 noun cases). I think same
it true for Russian and Slovakian - probably more languages from
same area.

I don't know if you have noticed, but Slavic languages have two
forms of plural, depending on number of things. I don't know if
ranges are same in all languages, but in Polish it is one word for
2-4, 22-24, 32-34, x2-x4 and different word for 5-21, 25-31, 35-41,
x5-(x+1)1 :)

IMHO, best solution is just to tell 'learn English'. If you want to
participate in online community, it is a must - what is a benefit of
localized parser if you will not be able to understand other living
person ?

Artur
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