This project, which ran from April 2004 to May 2007, developed broad-coverage computational lexicons and
grammars for two verb-initial languages, Welsh
(Celtic) at the University of Essex, and Malagasy (Austronesian) at Oxford University.
The project was a part of PARGRAM, a
collaborative project to develop computational grammars within a
shared linguistic framework and based on common linguistic
The syntactic framework of reference for PARGRAM is the highly stable
and mathematically well-understood theory of Lexical Functional
Grammar, a constraint-based theory of linguistic structure.
Participants use the XLE grammar
development platform, an efficient and powerful system developed and
maintained at the Palo Alto
Research Center in California, which faithfully implements LFG
Details of the grant can be found on the ESRC Society Today web site. There is also an ESRC minipage for the project.
You can try out the Malagasy and Welsh grammars at the University of Bergen's XLE Web Interface site.
Data and resources for Malagasy can be found here.
Data and resources for Welsh can be found here.