I am working on lexical types for question words for my constituent questions library. right now I am working on the word which. Now, I have been trying to adapt various types which I have from e.g. 567 (such as a type for words like who/what) or the type from the ERG, but I think I want to ask more about the general methodology here. (Since trying to adapt existing things without fully understanding them can be a waste of time.)
Suppose I decided that I would like an MRS like below:
How do I go about it? In particular:
How do I figure out which existing type to use from matrix.tdl? The type for words like what/who which I got “for free” from 567 instructions inherits from norm-hook-lex-item & basic-icons-lex-item, but like I said trying to adapt something without fully understanding it has not been very fruitful, so, suppose for now that I do not have that type to look at.
Suppose I didn’t have a supertype in matrix.tdl (unlikely but still). How would I generally go about mapping this MRS to TDL? There is the lexical type part and the extraction rule part of course.
I see that there is a label, a restr list, and one argument in which’s semantics, as well as a which_q relation. The label looks like I don’t need to worry about but the RSTR is important because it is linking to book. How best to search matrix.tdl to find a suitable supertype? How do I know which section to read? “Lexical types”, I guess? And there things that have… one arg? What about hcons vs no-hcons and ltop vs no-ltop, how do I navigate there? I would think I need hcons because there is the linking between which and book but I am not entirely sure. Perhaps it is the extracted-adj rule that does the linking? That one deals with things in terms of HOOKs, I think… I am still drowning in all this I am afraid (and the MRS paper does not directly help, not that I am saying I shouldn’t be reading it). Any advice on how to build a systematic approach to these tasks?
I am not posting what I currently have on purpose, because I want to try and get general advice/pointers first.