This paper proposes a new method for Italian verb classification -and a preliminary example of resulting classes- inspired by Levin (1993) and VerbNet (Kipper-Schuler, 2005), yet partially independent from these resources; we achieved such a result by integrating Levin and VerbNet’s models of classification with other theoretic frameworks and resources. The classification is rooted in the constructionist framework (Goldberg, 1995; 2006) and is distribution-based. It is also semantically characterized by a link to FrameNet’ssemanticframesto represent the event expressed by a class. However, the new Italian classes maintain the hierarchic “tree” structure and monotonic nature of VerbNet’s classes, and, where possible, the original names (e.g.: Verbs of Killing, Verbs of Putting, etc.). We therefore propose here a taxonomy compatible with VerbNet but at the same time adapted to Italian syntax and semantics. It also addresses a number of problems intrinsic to the original classifications, such as the role of argument alternations, here regarded simply as epiphenomena, consistently with the constructionist approach.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)|
|Publication status||Published - May 2016|
|Event||10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference: LREC 2016 - Portorož, Slovenia|
Duration: 23 May 2016 → 28 May 2016
|Conference||10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference|
|Period||23/05/16 → 28/05/16|
Bibliographical noteMaterials published in or after 2016 are licensed on a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Busso, L., & Lenci, A. (2016). Italian VerbNet: A Construction based Approach to Italian Verb Classification. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16) (pp. 2633–2642)