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A large-scale investigation of verb-attached prepositional phrases


Lehmann, Hans Martin; Schneider, Gerold (2011). A large-scale investigation of verb-attached prepositional phrases. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.

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This paper explores verb-attached PPs as adjuncts or parts of verbal frames with the help of a large-scale valency-database generated from the output of a dependency parser. Our investigation is based on more than 240 million words of American and British English. We combine measures of surprise with measures of lexical diversity in order to study fixedness of various types. We also use these measures to explore the cline from verbal complement to adjunct and test statistical measures of surprise as a means of distinguishing complements from adjuncts. We calculate measures of surprise and variability for verb-preposition, verb-object-PP and other combinations in order to identify and locate verbal idioms.

This paper explores verb-attached PPs as adjuncts or parts of verbal frames with the help of a large-scale valency-database generated from the output of a dependency parser. Our investigation is based on more than 240 million words of American and British English. We combine measures of surprise with measures of lexical diversity in order to study fixedness of various types. We also use these measures to explore the cline from verbal complement to adjunct and test statistical measures of surprise as a means of distinguishing complements from adjuncts. We calculate measures of surprise and variability for verb-preposition, verb-object-PP and other combinations in order to identify and locate verbal idioms.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
410 Linguistics
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Uncontrolled Keywords:PP-attachment Corpus Linguistics Language Variation Lexicogrammar fixedness and variation collocations
Editors:Hoffmann Sebastian, Rayson Paul, Leech Geoffrey
Language:English
Date:27 May 2011
Deposited On:06 Jan 2012 15:40
Last Modified:08 May 2016 13:19
Publisher:University of Helsinki
Series Name:Varieng eSeries: Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English
Additional Information:Volume 6 / Volume Name: Methodological and Historical Dimensions of Corpus Linguistics
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/journal/volumes/06/lehmann_schneider/

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