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FYI: Database for Persian Complex Predicates

Author: Pollet Samvelian

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Persian, Iranian

FYI Body: PersPred: A Syntactic and Semantic Database for Persian Complex Predicates

We are pleased to announce that PersPred, a freely available database for Persian complex predicates in now accessible. It is distributed under the LGPL-LR license and available per request.

PersPred is a manually elaborated multilingual syntactic and semantic Lexicon. Its first version, PersPred 1.0 contains around 600 entries of complex predicates formed with the verb zadan ‘to hit’ and a nominal element.

The present version of the database is in xls format. Each line of the database corresponds to the predicative combination of a verb and a non-verbal element, for which various types of information are annotated, namely the English and French translation of the verb, of the non-verbal element and the meaning of the complex predicate, its sub-categorization frame and alternations. At least one example extracted from the literature, newspaper or the Internet, illustrates each entry.

A particularly interesting feature of PersPred is that it proposes semantic groupings of predicates.

PersPred 1.0, delivered in June 2012, was developed within ANR-DFG PERGRAM (2008-2012), project [grant no.\ MU 2822/3-I] and is related to the work package LR4.1 of the Labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics (funded by the ANR/CGI).

In order to obtain more information and documentation on PersPred please visit our webpage at the following link:

Related Publications:

Pollet Samvelian and Pegah Faghiri, 2013, Introducing PersPred, a syntactic and semantic database for Persian Complex Predicates, Proceedings of The 9th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2013), NAACL-HLT 2013, June 2013, Atlanta, Association for Computational Linguistics, pp 11-20.

Pollet Samvelian, 2012, Grammaire des prédicats complexes : les constructions nom-verbe, Paris : Lavoisier.

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