Constructional generalization over Russian collocations

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Kopotev , M , Pivovarova , L & Kormacheva , D 2016 , ' Constructional generalization over Russian collocations ' , Mémoires de la Société néophilologique de Helsinki , vol. Tome C , no. Collocations Cross-Linguistically , pp. 121-140 .

Title: Constructional generalization over Russian collocations
Author: Kopotev, Mikhail; Pivovarova, Lidia; Kormacheva, Daria
Contributor organization: Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Department of Computer Science
Date: 2016
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Mémoires de la Société néophilologique de Helsinki
ISSN: 0355-0192
Abstract: The CoCoCo project aims to model multi-word expressions (MWEs) of diverse natures in a unified fashion. The algorithm predicts the most stable features in an n-gram—morphological, lexical, or constructional. In this article, we focus more on lexical compatibility of extracted collocations. At one extreme are lexically stable idioms, where no generalization is possible, e.g., lo and behold. Other collocations appear to be stable on a more abstract level of generalization. They are constructions where lexical items are replaceable but belong to the same semantic class, e.g., sleight of [hand/mouth/mind]. In this case, prediction of the entire semantic class is possible. To confirm this idea, we present a qualitative analysis of automatically extracted Russian MWEs. We then use distributional semantics methods to find semantic classes automatically and demonstrate that these correspond with manually annotated classes. This implies that the semantic classes can be used in the collocation detection algorithm.
Subject: 6121 Languages
113 Computer and information sciences
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