Machine Translation

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 5–30 | Cite as

Customizing verb definitions for specific semantic domains

  • Martha Palmer


We examine the functions performed by verb definitions in the process of semantic interpretation in PUNDIT, and the changes in the interpretation process that are caused by different uses of the same verb. We give detailed examples of how the interpretation process is affected by changes in thematic roles, selection restrictions and semantic predicates in the decompositions that constitute the verb definitions. In addition we introduce the notion of a change-of-state inference that must be drawn by reference resolution and argue that it plays an equally important function in capturing distinctions among verb senses. We demonstrate the role of the change-of-state inference with several different concrete representations of varying senses of the verb break.


domain models domain semantics mapping rules predicate environments thematic roles verb decompositions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Palmer
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  1. 1.Unisys Center for Advanced Information TechnologyPaoliUSA

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