Paper: Fine-Grained Lexical Semantic Representations And Compositionally-Derived Events In Mandarin Chinese

ACL ID W04-2614
Title Fine-Grained Lexical Semantic Representations And Compositionally-Derived Events In Mandarin Chinese
Venue Computational Lexical Semantics Workshop
Session
Year 2004
Authors
  • Jimmy Lin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA)

Current lexical semantic representations for natural language applications view verbs as simple predicates over their arguments. These structures are too coarse-grained to capture many important generalizations about verbal argument structure. In this paper, I specifi- cally defend the following two claims: verbs have rich internal structure expressible in terms of finer-grained primitives of meaning, and at least for some languages, verbal meaning is compositionally derived from these primitive elements. I primarily present evidence from Mandarin Chinese, whose verbal system is very different from that of English. Many empiri- cal facts about the typology of verbs in Man- darin cannot be captured by a “flat” lexical se- mantic representation. These theoretical results hold important p...