Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 97–113

How to pick out token instances of English verb-particle constructions


DOI: 10.1007/s10579-009-9099-7

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Kim, S.N. & Baldwin, T. Lang Resources & Evaluation (2010) 44: 97. doi:10.1007/s10579-009-9099-7


We propose a method for automatically identifying individual instances of English verb-particle constructions (VPCs) in raw text. Our method employs the RASP parser and analysis of the sentential context of each VPC candidate to differentiate VPCs from simple combinations of a verb and prepositional phrase. We show that our proposed method has an F-score of 0.974 at VPC identification over the Brown Corpus and Wall Street Journal.


Verb-particle constructionMultiword expressionIdentification

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Software EngineeringUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia