Paper: Inheriting Verb Alternations

ACL ID E93-1026
Title Inheriting Verb Alternations
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

The paper shows how the verbal lexicon can be formalised in a way that captures and exploits generalisations about the alterna- tion behaviour of verb classes. An alter- nation is a pattern in which a number of words share the same relationship between • a pair of senses. The alternations captured are ones where the different senses spec- ify different relationships between syntactic complements and semantic arguments, as between bake in "John is baking the cake" and "The cake is baking". The formal lan- guage used is DATR. The lexical entries it builds are as specified in HPSG. The com- plex alternation behaviour shared between families of verbs is elegantly represented in a way that makes generalisations explicit, avoids redundancy, and offers practical ben- efits to computational lexi...