Semantic Templates and Transitivity Alternations in a Computational Lexicon
Sandiway Fong, Christiane Fellbaum, David Lebeaux
Abstract : A systematic and principled account of verb subcategorization is important for largescale lexicon construction. A given verb may have several subcategorization frames in which its arguments appear. Starting from a lexical-semantic description of event structure, we describe a mechanism for generating subcategorization properties for a large variety of verb classes. In this paper, we motivate this mechanism by proposing a distinction between two kinds of resultative as well as the unaccusative and middle constructions.