mallex - generate a Malaga run-time lexicon
mallex [-binary|-readable|-prelex] project-file
mallex [-binary|-readable|-prelex] symbol-file rule-file [lexicon-file]
Malaga is a development environment for natural-language grammars based
on the Left-Associative Grammar formalism. Malaga grammars can be used
for automatic morphological and/or syntactic analysis.
The program mallex generates a Malaga run-time lexicon by letting
allomorph rules process a base-form lexicon. It can be started in
interactive mode to help find bugs in the base-form lexicon or in the
mallex uses the following grammar components:
The symbol-file has the suffix .sym and contains the symbols
that are used in the lexicon and/or the allomorph rules.
The rule-file has the suffix .all and contains the allomorph
rules used to create the runtime-lexicon.
The lexicon-file has the suffix .lex and contains the base-form
lexicon entries that are used as input for the allomorph rules.
The prelex-file has the suffix .prelex and contains precompiled
allomorph entries, which have been created by a former run of
mallex with the option -prelex.
You can give the names of the grammar components as command line
arguments, in any order. Alternatively, you can describe these
components in a project-file and use the name of the project file as
mallex’ single command-line argument. A project file has the suffix
If no command line options are given, mallex runs in interactive mode,
and you can enter commands. The lexicon-file and prelex-file are not
used in interactive mode. If you are not sure about the name of a
command, use the command help to get an overview of all mallex
If you want to quit mallex, enter the command quit.
See info Malaga for details.
Create the run time lexicon file from the base form lexicon file
and the optional prelex file, and save it as a binary run-time
lexicon, which can be used by malaga.
Print a help text about mallex’ command line arguments and exit.
Create the run time lexicon, and save it as a binary prelex-
file, which can be read in later by another mallex run. output
Create the run time lexicon but don’t save it, but print its
entries in human-readable form on the standard output stream.
Print mallex’ version number and exit.
Malaga has been developed by Bjoern Beutel. Numerous other people
distributed to it. This manpage was originally written for the Debian
distribution by Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho.
malaga(1), malmake(1), malrul(1), malshow(1), malsym(1)
‘‘Malaga 7, User’s and Programmer’s Manual’’. Available in Debian
systems via info Malaga, and, if the malaga-doc package is installed,
in various formats (DVI, Postscript, PDF, HTML) under