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LINGUIST List 18.2533

Wed Aug 29 2007

FYI: The Preposition Project: Completion of Phase I

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        1.    Ken Litkowski, The Preposition Project: Completion of Phase I

Message 1: The Preposition Project: Completion of Phase I
Date: 28-Aug-2007
From: Ken Litkowski <kenclres.com>
Subject: The Preposition Project: Completion of Phase I
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The first phase of The Preposition Project (TPP) has now been completed.
Each of 673 preposition senses for 334 English prepositions (including
phrasal prepositions) has now been characterized with a variety of
information. For the 56 most common, single-word prepositions, this
characterization has made use of FrameNet instances.

Please visit the project's main web site at:


The Online TPP, containing the full database for easy browsing, as well as
a link allowing a download of an XML file containing the full database, is at:


A notable extension of TPP, with the completion of Phase I, is the
development of an initial preposition taxonomy.

TPP wishes to thank Oxford University Press for permission to make the
definitions of their prepositions (from the Oxford Dictionary of English)
publicly available.

TPP is ongoing, with continued research into the nature of the preposition
taxonomy, into the status of preposition senses as arguments or adjuncts,
into the possible integration of TPP data into FrameNet, and into features
relevant to the disambiguation of preposition senses.

We invite comments and suggestions for improving the TPP data and its use
in NLP applications.

Ken Litkowski
Orin Hargraves

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics

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