Paper: Towards A Proper Treatment Of Coercion Phenomena

ACL ID E93-1021
Title Towards A Proper Treatment Of Coercion Phenomena
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

The interpretation of coercion construc- tions (to begin a book) has been recently considered as resulting from the operation of type changing. For instance, a phrase of type o (object) is coerced to a phrase of type e (event) under the influence of the predi- cate. We show that this procedure encoun- ters empirical difficulties. Focussing on the begin/commencer case, we show that the co- ercion interpretation results both from gen- eral semantic processes and properties of the predicate, and we argue that it is best represented at the lexical level. The solu- tion is formulated in the HPSG formalism, where the lexical description of heads in- cludes a specification of the argument and articulates syntax and semantics. We pro- pose that the properties attached to the complement remain the ...