Semantics and The Lexicon

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This book integrates the research being carried out in the field of lexical semantics in linguistics with the work on knowledge representation and lexicon design in computational linguistics. Rarely do these two camps meet and discuss the demands and concerns of each other's fields. Therefore, the book is interesting in that it provides a stimulating and unique discussion between the computational perspective of lexical meaning and the concerns of the linguist for the semantic description of lexical items in the ...
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Overview

This book integrates the research being carried out in the field of lexical semantics in linguistics with the work on knowledge representation and lexicon design in computational linguistics. Rarely do these two camps meet and discuss the demands and concerns of each other's fields. Therefore, the book is interesting in that it provides a stimulating and unique discussion between the computational perspective of lexical meaning and the concerns of the linguist for the semantic description of lexical items in the context of syntactic descriptions.
The volume is divided into three sections. Part one deals with the fundamentals of lexical structure and what constitutes a lexical semantic representation for a grammatical theory. Part two deals with the specific mappings that are necessary from a lexical semantic representation to the syntax. Finally, Part three addresses the possibility of modeling lexical knowledge with computational uses in mind. The unifying assumption behind all these works is that methodologies in computational linguistics and theoretical linguistics have converged, and that the goals of both fields are the same: to investigate the phenomenon of language in a rigorous and analytic way, for the purpose of establishing how it fits into the larger domain of intelligent human behavior.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792323860
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Series , #49
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Fundamentals of Lexical Structure
2 X-Bar Semantics 15
3 The Syntax of Metaphorical Semantic Roles 27
4 Levels of Lexical Representation 37
5 Case Marking and the Semantics of Mental Verbs 55
6 Type Coercion and Lexical Selection 73
Pt. II Mapping from Lexical Semantics to Syntax
7 Nominalization and Predicative Prepositional Phrases 97
8 Adjectives, Nominals, and the Status of Arguments 107
9 Unaccusativity in Dutch: Integrating Syntax and Lexical Semantics 129
10 Verbs in Depictives and Resultatives 163
11 Explicit Syntax in the Lexicon: the Representation of Nominalizations 185
Pt. III Computational Models of Lexical Knowledge
12 Lexical Structure and Conceptual Structures 223
13 Lexical Semantic Constraints 263
14 Lexical and Conceptual Structures for Knowledge Based Translation 291
15 Models for Lexical Knowledge Bases 325
16 Providing Machine Tractable Dictionary Tools 341
Name Index 403
Subject Index 411
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