Hi! Could someone please tell me what the type
cat-sat mean? Does
sat have anything to do with saturated? The matrix.tdl file contains the following definition:
cat-sat := cat &
[ VAL [ SPR olist,
SUBJ olist ],
HEAD.MOD olist ].
I am not fully sure and from this it looks like Emily wasn’t sure either. I thought the type stems from Elizabeth Nielsen’s thesis but I am not finding anything there explaining what it is for. There is nothing in Safiyyah Saleem’s thesis on argument optionality either. Maybe searching in commit messages could shed some light?!..
Thanks for the sleuthing, @olzama ! I think the intent of this was as a shorthand to say “all valence requirements saturated”. However:
- It doesn’t make sense to include MOD in that (MOD not being a valence requirement
- I’m wary of using olist in this way … we’d have to make sure it interacts with the analyses of argument optionality so that ocons would really make sense where we’ve said cat-sat. For NPs in particular, I don’t think that’s consistent with how we’re using the feature OPT on specifiers.
I’m going to add an issue about this to the matrix repo…