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LINGUIST List 20.1834

Mon May 11 2009

Books: Computational Linguistics: Langer

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Funktionsverbgefüge und automatische Sprachverarbeitung (Support verb constructions and Natural Language Processing): Langer

Message 1: Funktionsverbgefüge und automatische Sprachverarbeitung (Support verb constructions and Natural Language Processing): Langer
Date: 09-May-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Funktionsverbgefüge und automatische Sprachverarbeitung (Support verb constructions and Natural Language Processing): Langer
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Title: Funktionsverbgefüge und automatische Sprachverarbeitung (Support
verb constructions and Natural Language Processing)
Series Title: Linguistic Resources for Natural Language Processing 03
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Stefan Langer
Paperback: ISBN: 9783929075649 Pages: 207 Price: Europe EURO 69.20

This book discusses support verb constructions and light verbs from the
viewpoint of Natural Language Processing and makes suggestions how to
formalize their lexical and semantic description. A wide variety of
language specific and also cross-language theoretical approaches to the
phenomenon are discussed. Based on the analysis of such constructions by M.
Gross and I. Melcuk, the main concepts are distilled, and an example
formalization is given in FrameNet. The approach to formalization is
described with only a few minimal theoretic requirements, namely the
distinction of a semantic and a surface layer of description, such that the
basic concepts can be potentially utilized for a wide variety of grammar

In a separate chapter, a collection of tests is presented which allow
delineating different types of verb-noun-constructions that are situated
between fully compositional and completely frozen constructions. The result
is a test battery for support verb constructions. Following the description
of the linguistic tests, automated approaches to detect support verb
construction candidates in large corpora are presented and discussed.
Although a large number of experiments have been described in various
papers and for various languages, none of the presented algorithms achieve
satisfying results, which means that manual lexicographic coding of the
constructions is still needed to select support verb construction and to
capture their properties.

The main focus of this book is on the description and classification of
German support verb constructions, but English and French examples are
abundant, and the linguistic concepts are described in a language
independent way.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Written In: German, Standard (deu )

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