Paper: Using Subcategorization To Resolve Verb Class Ambiguity

ACL ID W99-0632
Title Using Subcategorization To Resolve Verb Class Ambiguity
Venue 2000 Joint SIGDAT Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Very Large Corpora
Session Main Conference
Year 1999

Levin's (1993) taxonomy of verbs and their classes is a widely used resource for lexical semantics. In her framework, some verbs, such as give exhibit no class ambiguity. But other verbs, such as write, can inhabit more than one class. In some of these am- biguous cases the appropriate class for a particular token of a verb is immediately obvious from inspec- tion of the surrounding context. In others it is not, and an application which wants to recover this infor- mation will be forced to rely on some more or less elaborate process of inference. We present a simple statistical model of verb class ambiguity and show how it can be used to carry out such inference.