Paper: Corpus-Based Method For Automatic Identification Of Support Verbs For Nominalizations

ACL ID E95-1014
Title Corpus-Based Method For Automatic Identification Of Support Verbs For Nominalizations
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1995
Authors

Nominalization is a highly pro- ductive phenomena in most lan- guages. The process of nominaliza- tion ejects a verb from its syntactic role into a nominal position. The original verb is often replaced by a semantically emptied support verb (e.g. , make a proposal). The choice of a support verb for a given nomi- nalization is unpredictable, causing a problem for language learners as well as for natural language pro- cessing systems. We present here a method of discovering support verbs from an untagged corpus via low-level syntactic processing and comparison of arguments attached to verbal forms and potential nom- inalized forms. The result of the process is a list of potential support verbs for the nominalized form of a given predicate.