Paper: Picking them up and Figuring them out: Verb-Particle Constructions Noise and Idiomaticity

ACL ID W08-2107
Title Picking them up and Figuring them out: Verb-Particle Constructions Noise and Idiomaticity
Venue International Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

This paper investigates, in a first stage, some methods for the automatic acquisi- tion of verb-particle constructions (VPCs) taking into account their statistical prop- erties and some regular patterns found in productive combinations of verbs and par- ticles. Given the limited coverage pro- vided by lexical resources, such as dictio- naries, and the constantly growing number of VPCs, possible ways of automatically identifying them are crucial for any NLP task that requires some degree of semantic interpretation. In a second stage we also study whether the combination of statis- tical and linguistic properties can provide some indication of the degree of idiomatic- ity of a given VPC. The results obtained show that such combination can success- fully be used to detect VPCs and distin- gui...