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Combining Words: Syntactic Properties of Czech Multiword Expressions with Light Verbs

The project deals with Czech multiword expressions with light verbs which pose a serious challenge for both theoretical and computational linguistics. On the basis of the theoretical study of selected syntactic, semantic and morphological aspects of the given expressions, a formal model of their lexicographic representation will be proposed. This representation will be theoretically adequate and at the same time economical. Moreover, in designing such a model, the strong emphasis is put on systematicity and explicitness. This model is primarily designed for the on-line Valency Lexicon of Czech Verbs (VALLEX). The proposed representation will be applied in the description of a large amount of data provided by the lexicon. The lexicon enriched with the information on multiword expressions with light verbs will form a solid basis for both further theoretical research and natural language processing.


Journal papers

  • Kettnerová, Václava, Lopatková, Markéta, Bejček, Eduard, Barančíková, Petra: Enriching VALLEX with Light Verbs: From Theory to Data and Back Again. The Prague Bulletin of Mathematical Linguistics, 111, pp. 1-29, 2018.

  • Kettnerová Václava: Syntaktická struktura komplexních predikátů v češtině. Slovo a slovesnost, 78, pp. 3-24, 2017.

  • Kettnerová Václava, Lopatková Markéta: Ke koreferenci u komplexních predikátů s kategoriálním slovesem. Korpus – gramatika – axiologie, 16, pp. 3-26, 2017.

Chapters in book

  • Barančíková, Petra, Kettnerová, Václava. Paraphrases of verbal multiword expressions: the case of Czech light verbs and idioms. In: Stella Markantonatou, Carlos Ramisch, Agata Savary, Veronika Vincze (eds.), Multiword expressions at length and in depth: Extended papers from the MWE 2017 workshop. Berlin, Language Science Press, pp. 37-56, 2018.
  • Kettnerová Václava: Syntaktická struktura komplexních predikátů a její popis ve valenčním slovníku. In: Výzkum slovesné valence ve slovanských zemích. Slovanský ústav AV Č R, v.v.i., Praha, pp. 181-204, 2016.

Conference and workshop papers

  • Kettnerová Václava, Kolářová Veronika, Vernerová Anna: Deverbal Nouns in Czech Light Verb Constructions. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 10596, Computational and Corpus-Based Phraseology. Second International Conference, Europhras 2017, pp. 205-219, 2017.

  • Barančíková Petra, Kettnerová Václava: ParaDi: Dictionary of Paraphrases of Czech Complex Predicates with Light Verbs. In: Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2017). Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Stroudsburg, PA, USA, pp. 1-10, 2017.

  • Kettnerová Václava, Lopatková Markéta: Complex Predicates with Light Verbs in VALLEX: From Formal Model to Lexicographic Description. In: Proceedings of the 17th Conference on Information Technologies - Applications and Theory (ITAT 2017). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Praha, Czechia, pp. 15-22, 2017.

  • Kettnerová Václava, Barančíková Petra, Lopatková Markéta: Lexicographic Description of Complex Predicates in Czech: Between Lexicon and Grammar. In: Proceedings of the XVII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography and Linguistic Diversity. Tbilisi University Press, Tbilisi, Georgia, pp. 893-904, 2016.

  • Kettnerová Václava, Bejček Eduard: Distribution of Valency Complements in Czech Complex Predicates: Between Verb and Noun. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016). European Language Resources Association, Paris, France, pp. 515-521, 2016.

  • Lopatková Markéta, Kettnerová Václava: Alternations: From Lexicon to Grammar And Back Again. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on Grammar and Lexicon: Interactions and Interfaces (GramLex), COLING 2016. Ōsaka, Japan, pp. 18-27, 2016.

  • Kettnerová Václava, Lopatková Markéta: At the Lexicon-Grammar Interface: The Case of Complex Predicates in the Functional Generative Description. In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (Depling 2015). Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 191-200, 2015.

Releases of linguistic data

  • Lopatková Markéta, Kettnerová Václava, Bejček Eduard, Vernerová Anna, Žabokrtský Zdeněk, Barančíková Petra: VALLEX 3.5 - Valenční slovník českých sloves. Data/software, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, Dec 2017.

  • Barančíková Petra, Kettnerová Václava: ParaDi: Slovník parafrází českých komplexních predikátů s kategoriálním slovesem. Data/software, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic,, 2017.

  • Barančíková Petra, Kettnerová Václava: ParaDi 2.0: Slovník jednoslovných parafrází komplexních predikátů. Data/software, UFAL MFF UK,, 2017.


  • Lopatková Markéta, Kettnerová Václava: Mezi gramatikou a slovníkem: Rodina elektronických valenčních slovníků VALLEX. Talk, Aktuální otázky gramatického popisu jazyka, Jazykovědné sdružení ČR, AV ČR, Národní 3, Praha 1, Dec 2017.

  • Kettnerová Václava: Distribution of Valency Complementations in Light Verb Constructions. Talk, Societas Linguistica Europaea, Naples, Italy, Sep 2016.

  • Kettnerová Václava: Diatheses of Complex Predicates in Czech. Talk, Badanie walencji czasownika w krajach slowiańskich wczoraj i dziś, Warszawa, Poland, Jun 2016.

  • Kettnerová Václava: Syntactic Structure of Czech Light Verb Constructions. Talk, 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), Leiden, The Netherlands, Sep 2015.