Querying Multilevel Annotation and Alignment for Detecting Grammatical Valence Divergencies

TitleQuerying Multilevel Annotation and Alignment for Detecting Grammatical Valence Divergencies
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
Authorsulo, O. Č.
Other Numbers3260
Keywordsparallel corpora, translation, valence, valence extraction

The valence concept has been used in machine translation as well as didactics on order to build up valence dictionaries for therespective uses. Most valence dictionaries have been built up manually, but given the growing number of parallel resources, itwould be desirable to automatically exploit them as basis for building up bilingual valence dictionaries. The present contributionreports on a pilot study on a German-English parallel corpus. In this study, patterns of verb plus grammatical functions wereextracted from parallel sentences. The paper reports on some of the basic findings of this extraction, regarding divergencies both invalence patterns as well as syntactic realisations of the predicate, i.e. the verb. These findings set the agenda for further research,which should focus on how to detect semantic shifts of valence carriers in translation and how this affects valence.


This work was partially funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Diesnst (DAAD) through a postdoctoral fellowship.

Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of the Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL 2011), Hamburg, Germany, pp. 63-68

Abbreviated Authors

O. ?ulo

ICSI Research Group


ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings