Paper: Detecting Compositionality of Verb-Object Combinations using Selectional Preferences

ACL ID D07-1039
Title Detecting Compositionality of Verb-Object Combinations using Selectional Preferences
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2007
Authors

In this paper we explore the use of se- lectional preferences for detecting non- compositional verb-object combinations. To characterise the arguments in a given gram- matical relationship we experiment with three models of selectional preference. Two use WordNet and one uses the entries from a distributional thesaurus as classes for rep- resentation. In previous work on selectional preference acquisition, the classes used for representation are selected according to the coverage of argument tokens rather than be- ing selected according to the coverage of argument types. In our distributional the- saurus models and one of the methods us- ing WordNet we select classes for represent- ing the preferences by virtue of the number of argument types that they cover, and then only tokens under the...