Italian VerbNet: A Construction-based Approach to Italian Verb Classification

Lucia Busso, Alessandro Lenci


Abstract
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.
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L16-1419
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Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)
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May
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2016
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Portorož, Slovenia
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LREC
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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2633–2642
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https://aclanthology.org/L16-1419
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Lucia Busso and Alessandro Lenci. 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), pages 2633–2642, Portorož, Slovenia. European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
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