Delving Deeper: Lexicographic Description of Syntactic and Semantic Properties of Czech Verbs

The project is funded by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, grant no. GA P406/12/0557.

A Brief Overview of the Project

Language phenomena at the syntax-semantics interface have been studied extensively, yet an adequate framework for their lexicographic description is still missing. The goal of the project is to propose such a framework and to apply it in the lexicographic processing of language data. Both theoretical and applied research is pursued, as this is an approach that benefits both. The research focuses on two areas. First, it aims at deepening the insight into various changes in valency structure of verbs; a formal model for lexicographic representation of such changes is designed. The model is used for description of grammatical, syntactic and semantic diatheses in the Valency Lexicon of Czech Verbs (VALLEX). Second, the project deals with mapping lexical resources that primarily aims at enhancing VALLEX with a semantic classification based on the FrameNet lexical database. The main applied output of the project is a qualitatively and quantitatively enhanced version of VALLEX available for a wide professional audience, for students and other language users as well as for NLP applications.

The main goal of the project is to propose an adequate framework for the theoretical description of language phenomena at the syntax-semantics interface; such a framework will be applied in lexicographic processing of language data. A close interplay between theoretical research and its application to an extensive data annotation represents a fruitful strategy that fortifies both sides involved.

The following areas are addressed in the project:

  1. The lexicographic representation of various changes in valency structure of verbs
    1. Theoretical research; design of a formal model for lexicographic description
    2. Grammatical and syntactic diatheses: theoretical and practical aspects
    3. Semantic diatheses: theoretical and practical aspects
    4. Other types of changes in valency structure of verbs
    5. Comparative aspects of diatheses
    6. Application in an electronic language resource
  2. Mapping lexical resources: an effective way of enriching lexical information
    1. Enhancing Czech valency lexicon with semantic classes and semantic roles
    2. Strengthening lexical resources with corpus evidence

The full project description can be found here.

The Partners

Publications (Related to the Project)

Valency Lexicon of Czech Verbs VALLEX

Changes in Valency Structure of Verbs

Mapping lexical resources


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