Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Learning Translation--1: Kernel Sentences

I am going to fulfill my promise of writing about translation and about teaching it through this blog. Before you start translating, there is the problem of understanding the structure of languages. English has the S-V-O (Subject-Verb-Object) structure but Hindi and Indian languages tend to have the S-O-V (Subject-Object-Verb) structure. This can make the syntax go awry for the beginner. But more on it later.

Right now, some little nuggets on a kernel sentence. This comes from Chomsky to begin with. But I would like to post few links on the idea of the kernel sentence and then talk about translation issues a bit later.

A kernel sentence can be defined as a bare minimum sentence. Let's check the links on kernel sentences and their importance in language acquisition:

1. https://share.ehs.uen.org/node/843 -- Utah Electronic High School has a list of sentences
2. http://www9.ocn.ne.jp/~bigarden/g04et/g04e-25.html -- Masaya Oba's Learner's English Grammar
3. http://golum.riv.csu.edu.au/~srelf/SOTE/EML504/Chomsky.htm
4. http://www.ncldtalks.org/content/interview/detail/2387/
5. http://twohandsapproach.org/2HAteacherbook/pdf/ImportanceSentence.pdf

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