Fixed Similes: Measuring aspects of the relation between MWE idiomatic semantics and syntactic flexibility

Stella Markantonatou, Panagiotis Kouris, Yanis Maistros


Abstract
We shed light on aspects of the relation between the semantics and the syntactic flexibility of multiword expressions by investigating fixed adjective similes (FS), a predicative multiword expression class not studied in this respect before. We find that only a subset of the syntactic structures observed in the data are related with idiomaticity. We identify and measure two aspects of idiomaticity, one of which seems to allow for predictions about FS syntactic flexibility. Our research draws on a resource developed with the semantic and detailed syntactic annotation of web-retrieved Modern Greek material, indicating frequency of use of the individual similes.
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W18-4908
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Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions (LAW-MWE-CxG-2018)
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August
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2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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LAW
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SIGLEX | SIGANN
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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51–61
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Stella Markantonatou, Panagiotis Kouris, and Yanis Maistros. 2018. Fixed Similes: Measuring aspects of the relation between MWE idiomatic semantics and syntactic flexibility. In Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions (LAW-MWE-CxG-2018), pages 51–61, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Fixed Similes: Measuring aspects of the relation between MWE idiomatic semantics and syntactic flexibility (Markantonatou et al., LAW 2018)
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