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Semantic annotation of genitive attributes in a German treebank


Bangerter, M (2009). Semantic annotation of genitive attributes in a German treebank. In: Seventh International Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT 7), Groningen, 23 January 2009 - 24 January 2009, 177-183.

Abstract

German genitive attributes are usually tagged as such in treebanks. However, it is well known that this information is not sufficient for determining the type of relation between head nouns and attributes, as genitive attributes can express many different semantic relations. Various linguistic classifications have been worked out, but to my knowledge, nobody has so far proposed to apply this linguistic knowledge to a corpus. The challenge here is to come up with a classification that is both easy to verify and sufficiently fine-grained. Using earlier linguistic approaches as guidelines, I propose in this paper a detailed
annotation scheme for German genitive attributes based on readily identifiable noun features. First insights from its application to the Smultron Treebank show that it is easy to distinguish between the proposed classes and that my classification of genitive attributes can be related to a more general semantic annotation level.

German genitive attributes are usually tagged as such in treebanks. However, it is well known that this information is not sufficient for determining the type of relation between head nouns and attributes, as genitive attributes can express many different semantic relations. Various linguistic classifications have been worked out, but to my knowledge, nobody has so far proposed to apply this linguistic knowledge to a corpus. The challenge here is to come up with a classification that is both easy to verify and sufficiently fine-grained. Using earlier linguistic approaches as guidelines, I propose in this paper a detailed
annotation scheme for German genitive attributes based on readily identifiable noun features. First insights from its application to the Smultron Treebank show that it is easy to distinguish between the proposed classes and that my classification of genitive attributes can be related to a more general semantic annotation level.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:24 January 2009
Deposited On:23 Mar 2010 13:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:04
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-33066

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