Semantic Analysis of Verb-Noun Derivation in Princeton WordNet

Verginica Mititelu, Svetlozara Leseva, Ivelina Stoyanova


Abstract
We present here the results of a morphosemantic analysis of the verb-noun pairs in the Princeton WordNet as reflected in the standoff file containing pairs annotated with a set of 14 semantic relations. We have automatically distinguished between zero-derivation and affixal derivation in the data and identified the affixes and manually checked the results. The data show that for each semantic relation an affix prevails in creating new words, although we cannot talk about their specificity with respect to such a relation. Moreover, certain pairs of verb-noun semantic primes are better represented for each semantic relation, and some semantic clusters (in the form of WordNet subtrees) take shape as a result. We thus employ a large-scale data-driven linguistically motivated analysis afforded by the rich derivational and morphosemantic description in WordNet to the end of capturing finer regularities in the process of derivation as represented in the semantic properties of the words involved and as reflected in the structure of the lexicon.
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Proceedings of the 11th Global Wordnet Conference
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2021
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University of South Africa (UNISA)
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Verginica Mititelu, Svetlozara Leseva, and Ivelina Stoyanova. 2021. Semantic Analysis of Verb-Noun Derivation in Princeton WordNet. In Proceedings of the 11th Global Wordnet Conference, pages 108–117, University of South Africa (UNISA). Global Wordnet Association.
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