Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 419–435 | Cite as

Verb Frame Frequency as a Predictor of Verb Bias

  • Maria Lapata
  • Frank Keller
  • Sabine Schulte im Walde


There is considerable evidence showing that the human sentence processor is guided by lexical preferences in resolving syntactic ambiguities. Several types of preferences have been identified, including morphological, syntactic, and semantic ones. However, the literature fails to provide a uniform account of what lexical preferences are and how they should be measured. The present paper provides evidence for the view that lexical preferences are records of prior linguistic experience. We show that a type of lexial syntactic preference, viz., verb biases as measured by norming experiments, can be approximated by verb frame frequencies extracted from a large, balanced corpus using computational learning techniques.

sentence processing verb bias lexical preferences verb frames chunking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Lapata
    • 1
  • Frank Keller
    • 1
  • Sabine Schulte im Walde
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems, Division of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Institute for Natural Language ProcessingUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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