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Designing a Lexicographical Resource at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Student: Ekaterina Orekhova

Supervisor: Sergey Ryabchun

Faculty: School of Foreign Languages

Educational Programme: Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This study deals with the process of designing a concept of a lexical resource of verbal lexicon SynSemNet that offers a four-level representation of the meaning of verbs: 1) lexical meaning – how the word is defined regardless of the context, the invariable ‘core’ of meaning; 2) semantic relations – how the word is related to other words of the same part of speech and what type of relation it is; 3) meaning-driven syntactic behavior – how the word’s meaning determines in which constructions it can be used; 4) selectional characteristics – how the word collocates with other words. During the course of the study, a verb class of hit verbs has been studied on all four levels. The findings enabled us to design a relational database that could efficiently store the linguistic information about the meanings of English verbs. SynSemNet is a powerful lexicographic resource that allows for a wide range of linguistic applications, from studying regular polysemy to solving such Natural Language Processing tasks as Information Extraction and Question Answering.

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