Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 249–278

A Hebrew verb–complement dictionary

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10579-013-9259-7

Cite this article as:
Fadida, H., Itai, A. & Wintner, S. Lang Resources & Evaluation (2014) 48: 249. doi:10.1007/s10579-013-9259-7


We present a verb–complement dictionary of Modern Hebrew, automatically extracted from text corpora. Carefully examining a large set of examples, we defined ten types of verb complements that cover the vast majority of the occurrences of verb complements in the corpora. We explored several collocation measures as indicators of the strength of the association between the verb and its complement. We then used these measures to automatically extract verb complements from corpora. The result is a wide-coverage, accurate dictionary that lists not only the likely complements for each verb, but also the likelihood of each complement. We evaluated the quality of the extracted dictionary both intrinsically and extrinsically. Intrinsically, we showed high precision and recall on randomly (but systematically) selected verbs. Extrinsically, we showed that using the extracted information is beneficial for two applications, prepositional phrase attachment disambiguation and Arabic-to-Hebrew machine translation.


Verb subcategorization Hebrew Lexicography 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTechnionHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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