Merging definitions with/wo SYNSEM on the path

tdl

#1

When to include and when not to include SYNSEM in the path to a feature when you are merging something into a definition?

For example, this does not seem to work:

head-subj-ccomp-phrase := decl-head-subj-phrase & head-initial &
[ HEAD-DTR.SYNSEM.LOCAL.CAT.VAL.COMPS < [ SYNSEM.LOCAL.CAT.HEAD verb &
[ FORM nonfinite ] ] > ].

– I need to get rid of SYNSEM inside the COMPS list.

But normally I think SYNSEM is needed and so I often say something like:

mylang.add(type + ‘:= [ SYNSEM.LOCAL.CAT.VAL.COMPS < > ].’,merge=True)

Is it just the valency lists that do not like it?


#2

This is because the VAL features all take lists of synsem objects as their value, not lists of signs.


#3

And that’s true of only VAL? Any other places I should worry about that?


#4

Here are the Grammar Matrix feature geometry cheat sheets:
http://moin.delph-in.net/GeFaqFeatureGeometry