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Volk, M; Tidström, F (2007). Comparing French PP-attachment to English, German and Swedish. In: Nodalida Workshop on Building Frame Semantics Resources for Scandinavian and Baltic Languages, Tartu, 2007 - 2007.



The correct attachment of prepositional phrases (PPs) is a central disambiguation problem in parsing natural languages.
This paper compares the baseline situation in English, German and Swedish based on manual PP attachments in various treebanks for these languages. We argue that cross-language comparisons of the disambiguation results in previous research is impossible because of the different selec-
tion procedures when building the training and test sets. We perform uniform treebank queries and show that English has the highest noun attachment rate followed by Swedish and German. We also show that the high rate in English is dominated by the preposition of. From our study we de-
rive a list of criteria for profiling data sets for PP attachment experiments.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
DDC:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Event End Date:2007
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 16:13
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 05:53
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