VerbNet Representations: Subevent Semantics for Transfer Verbs

Susan Windisch Brown, Julia Bonn, James Gung, Annie Zaenen, James Pustejovsky, Martha Palmer


Abstract
This paper announces the release of a new version of the English lexical resource VerbNet with substantially revised semantic representations designed to facilitate computer planning and reasoning based on human language. We use the transfer of possession and transfer of information event representations to illustrate both the general framework of the representations and the types of nuances the new representations can capture. These representations use a Generative Lexicon-inspired subevent structure to track attributes of event participants across time, highlighting oppositions and temporal and causal relations among the subevents.
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W19-3318
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Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representations
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August
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2019
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Florence, Italy
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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154–163
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https://aclanthology.org/W19-3318
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10.18653/v1/W19-3318
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Susan Windisch Brown, Julia Bonn, James Gung, Annie Zaenen, James Pustejovsky, and Martha Palmer. 2019. VerbNet Representations: Subevent Semantics for Transfer Verbs. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representations, pages 154–163, Florence, Italy. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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