Task 1, Week 2
Take the following simplified version of the first few lines of Jane
Austen's Pride and Prejudice and translate them into a language
of your choice.
A single rich man must want a wife. "My dear Mr. Bennet," said his
wife to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is sold?"
Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. "But it is," she said; "Mrs. Long
has just been there and she told me about it." Mr. Bennet gave no
answer. "Do you not want to know who has taken it?" asked his wife.
Take the translation and:
- For each clause (not sentence, but clause), identify the main
- Identify any modals and think about how you could tell somebody
else to recognize them. If your language expresses modality through
morphology, identify the morpheme that is responsible.
- Identify any auxiliaries and determine what type of auxiliary
they are (tense, aspectual, passive).
- If you have translated well, you will probably have some extra
bits in the verbal complex that you cannot determine as yet. These
are probably light verbs and we can discuss them together.
- Be prepared to share your translated text with me and the
class. That is, you need to gloss (say what the words are and what
morphology they contain) the sentences --- this is a form of
POS-tagging, so is something that will need to be done for your
language anyway at some point. It would also be great if you can
transliterate the text.