Enhancing Automatic Acquisition of Thematic Structure in a Large-Scale Lexicon for Mandarin Chinese

  • Mari Broman Olsen
  • Bonnie J. Dorr
  • Scott C. Thomas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1529)


This paper describes a refinement to our procedure for porting lexical conceptual structure (LCS) into new languages. Specifically we describe a two-step process for creating candidate thematic grids for Mandarin Chinese verbs, using the English verb heading the VP in the subde_nitions to separate senses, and roughly parsing the verb complement structure to match thematic structure templates. We accomplished a substantial reduction in manual effort, without substantive loss. The procedure is part of a larger process of creating a usable lexicon for interlingual machine translation from a large on-line resource with both too much and too little information.


Machine Translation Prepositional Phrase Thematic Role Thematic Structure Bare Noun 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mari Broman Olsen
    • 1
  • Bonnie J. Dorr
    • 1
  • Scott C. Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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