Paper: The VerbCorner Project: Findings from Phase 1 of crowd-sourcing a semantic decomposition of verbs

ACL ID P14-2065
Title The VerbCorner Project: Findings from Phase 1 of crowd-sourcing a semantic decomposition of verbs
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

Any given verb can appear in some syntac- tic frames (Sally broke the vase, The vase broke) but not others (*Sally broke at the vase, *Sally broke the vase to John). There is now considerable evidence that the syn- tactic behaviors of some verbs can be pre- dicted by their meanings, and many cur- rent theories posit that this is true for most if not all verbs. If true, this fact would have striking implications for theories and models of language acquisition, as well as numerous applications in natural language processing. However, empirical investiga- tions to date have focused on a small num- ber of verbs. We report on early results from VerbCorner, a crowd-sourced project extending this work to a large, representa- tive sample of English verbs.