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Detecting a continuum of compositionality in phrasal verbs

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posted on 2023-06-07, 14:11 authored by Diana McCarthy, Bill Keller, John Carroll
We investigate the use of an automatically acquired thesaurus for measures designed to indicate the compositionality of candidate multiword verbs, specifically English phrasal verbs identified automatically using a robust parser. We examine various measures using the nearest neighbours of the phrasal verb, and in some cases the neighbours of the simplex counterpart and show that some of these correlate significantly with human rankings of compositionality on the test set. We also show that whilst the compositionality judgements correlate with some statistics commonly used for extracting multiwords, the relationship is not as strong as that using the automatically constructed thesaurus.

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Publication status

  • Published

Journal

Proceedings of the ACL 2003 workshop on Multiword expressions

Publisher

Association for Computational Linguistics

Volume

18

Page range

73-80

Pages

104.0

Book title

Proceedings of the conference and workshops / 41st annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Place of publication

Morristown, NJ, USA

ISBN

1932432116

Series

Proceedings of the conference: annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

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  • Informatics Publications

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Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2008-02-26

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