Paper: Disambiguating And Interpreting Verb Definitions

ACL ID P90-1033
Title Disambiguating And Interpreting Verb Definitions
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990
  • Yael Ravin (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY)

To achieve our goal of building a compre- hensive lexical database out of various on-line resources, it is necessary to interpret and disambiguate the information found in these resources. In this paper we describe a Disambiguation Module which analyzes the content of dictionary dcf'mitions, in particular, definitions of the form to VERB with NP". We discuss the semantic relations holding be- tween the head and the prepositional phrase in such structures, as wellas our heuristics for identifying these relations and for disambiguating the senses of the words in- volved. We present some results obtained by the Disambiguation Module and evaluate its rate of success as compared with results ob- tained from human judgements.