Journal Article

TreeForm: Explaining and exploring grammar through syntax trees

Donald Derrick and Daniel Archambault

in Literary and Linguistic Computing

Published on behalf of ALLC: The European Association for Digital Humanities

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 53-66
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0268-1145
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-4615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqp031
TreeForm: Explaining and exploring grammar through syntax trees

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Linguists studying grammar often describe their models using a syntax tree. Drawing a syntax tree involves the depiction of a rooted tree with additional syntactic features using specific domain conventions. TreeForm assists users in developing syntax trees, complete with movement lines, coreference, and feature association, in order to explore their syntactic theories and explain them to their colleagues. It is a drag-and-drop alternative to LaTeX and labelled bracket notation tools already available, which many linguists find difficult to use. We compare the output of TreeForm to those existing tools and show that it is able to better respect the conventions of the domain. We assess how easily linguists learn to use TreeForm through a series of cognitive walkthroughs. Our reviews find that TreeForm is a viable alternative to existing tools.

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Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning ; Computational Linguistics ; Bibliography ; Digital Lifestyle ; Information and Communication Technologies

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