Modelling Italian construction flexibility with distributional semantics: are constructions enough?

Lucia Busso, Ludovica Pannitto, Alessandro Lenci

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication


The present study combines
psycholinguistic evidence on Italian valency coercion and a distributional analysis. The paper suggests that distributional
properties can provide useful insights on
how general abstract constructions influence the resolution of coercion effects.
However, complete understanding of the
processing and recognition of coercion requires to take into consideration the complex intertwining of lexical verb and abstract constructions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCliC-It 2018 proceedings
EditorsElena Cabrio, Alessandro Mazzei, Fabio Tamburini
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2018
EventConferenza Italiana di Linguistica Computazionale - Cavallerizza Reale, Torino, Italy
Duration: 10 Dec 201812 Dec 2018
Conference number: 5


ConferenceConferenza Italiana di Linguistica Computazionale
Abbreviated titleClic-It

Bibliographical note

© 2018 The Authors


  • construction grammar
  • psycholinguistic model
  • distributional semantics
  • Italian
  • usage-based

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