Characteristics of the Georgian language in AX Semantics
In Georgian, you need to know the case and number of a noun to form the respective pronouns correctly. Georgian does not have gender for nouns. There are two numbers: singular and plural. Additionally, Georgian has seven cases.
(an old house)
|ergative||ძაღლმა მეტყვას მამას.|
[ʒaɣlma metqvas mamas]
(The dog bit my father.)
|dative||მე ვაჩვენებ ბურთს ძაღლს.|
[me vachveneb burts ʒaɣls]
(I give the ball to the dog.)
(the dog's color)
|instrumental||ბრმა ძაღლითა ერთად დადის.|
[brma ʒaɣlita ertad dadis]
(The blind man walks with a dog.)
|adverbial||ის მეტყვას ძაღლად.|
[is metqvas ʒaɣlad]
(He calls me a dog.)
|vocative||ეს კარგი იყო, ძაღლო.|
[es ḳargi iq̇o, ʒaɣlo]
(This was good, dog.)
|adjectives (noun)||before noun||წითელი ვაშლი|
|verb tenses||present||ის წერს|
The standard order of a noun phrase in Georgian is the following:
determiner + numeral + adjective + noun + preposition. See for example:
ამ სამი პოპულარული მომღერლის შესახებ [am sami popularuli momgherlis shesakheb] (these three popular singers about) DET NUM ADJ NOUN PREP "about these three popular singers"
Georgian nouns inflect for number and case. Nouns should be added to the lexicon if they do not inflect regularly.
Lexicon entries for nouns may also be necessary for inflecting determiners and pronouns correctly. They are omitted, if a lexicon entry is required, but missing.
The basic lexicon entry for სახლი [saxli] (house) contains:
- inflection table for number and case:
|Nominative||სახლი [saxli]||სახლები [saxlebi]|
|Ergative||სახლმა [saxlma]||სახლებმა [saxlebma]|
|Dative||სახლს [saxls]||სახლებს [saxlebs]|
|Genitive||სახლის [saxlis]||სახლების [saxlebis]|
|Instrumental||სახლით [saxlit]||სახლებით [saxlebit]|
|Adverbial||სახლად [saxlad]||სახლებად [saxlebad]|
|Vocative||სახლო [saxlo]||სახლებო [saxlebo]|
In Georgian, the default position for an adjective is "before noun";.
Georgian verbs inflect for tense, number, and person. In Georgian, "screeve" is an alternative term to distinguish between different time frames and moods of verbs, which is aligned with tense, number, and person on the AX NLG platform. The most common verbs are encoded in our software. If a verb inflects incorrectly, you should add it to the lexicon.
Georgian is a polypersonal language, meaning that the inflection of verbs can indicate information about the subject and object of the sentence. In the first example below, the subject marker
"ვ"[v] is added to the verb root (i.e., წერ) to indicate the subject. In the second example, the object marker
"მ"[m] is added to the verb root (i.e., ყავს) to indicate the direct object of the verb.
Subject marker: დაწერს(dacer = to write) -> ვ + წერ (v + der = I write) Object marker: ჰყავს (hq̇avs = to have) -> მ + ყავს (m + avs = "ich habe = mir gehört" [I have=belongs to me])
The AX NLG platform only supports subject agreement for Georgian verbs.
The AX NLG platform supports the following determiners for Georgian: demonstrative (proximal), and possessives.
Georgian rather uses postpositions than prepositions. Therefore, if prepositions are used in a noun or pronoun container they are automatically put at the end of the phrase. Prepositions function as postpositions despite being called prepositions in the container, since they are analogous to prepositions in English (both are adpositions).
In Georgian, postpositions may be in the form of either a postfix attached to the noun, or a separate word that follows it, for example:
სახლში (sakhlshi) [noun postposition] -> "in the house" სახლის წინ (sakhlis tsin) [noun postposition] -> "in front of the house"
Note that the AX NLG platform only supports prepositions as separate words in Georgian.
The AX NLG platform supports the following pronouns for Georgian: personal, demonstratives (proximal + medial), and possessive.
Four types of numerals are possible on the AX NLG platform: cardinal, cardinal as digit, ordinal, and ordinal as digit. Take
დღე [dɣe] (day) for example:
(the ninth day)
(the 9th day)
Note that the noun will not be pluralized when it's preceded by numerals. Thus,
დღე [dɣe] (day) stays in the singular form in the above table.
For Georgian, both cardinal and ordinal numerals are written out until 12 on the platform, otherwise (above 12) the output is in digit form. Take cardinal numerals for example (written out vs. digit):
თორმეტი მანქანა [tormet’i mankana] (twelve cars) vs. 13 karozzi [13 mankana] (13 cars)