Paper: Using Semantic Preferences To Identify Verbal Participation In Role Switching Alternations

ACL ID A00-2034
Title Using Semantic Preferences To Identify Verbal Participation In Role Switching Alternations
Venue Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2000
Authors

We propose a method for identifying diathesis alter- nations where a particular argument type is seen in slots which have different grammatical roles in the alternating forms. The method uses selectional pref- erences acquired as probability distributions over WordNet. Preferences for the target slots are com- pared using a measure of distributional similarity. The method is evaluated on the causative and cona- tive alternations, but is generally applicable and does not require a priori knowledge specific to the alternation.