Web-Based Model for Disambiguation of Prepositional Phrase Usage

  • Sofía N. Galicia-Haro
  • Alexander Gelbukh
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4827)


We explore some Web-based methods to differentiate strings of words corresponding to Spanish prepositional phrases that can perform either as a regular prepositional phrase or as idiomatic prepositional phrase. The type of these Spanish prepositional phrases is preposition-nominal phrase-preposition (P-NP-P), for example: por medio de ‘by means of’, a fin de ‘in order to’, con respecto a ‘with respect to’. We propose an unsupervised method that verifies linguistics properties of idiomatic prepositional phrases. Results are presented with the method applied to newspaper sentences.


Noun Phrase Prepositional Phrase Word Combination Linguistic Property Idiomatic Expression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofía N. Galicia-Haro
    • 1
  • Alexander Gelbukh
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences UNAM Universitary City, Mexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Center for Computing Research, National Polytechnic InstituteMexico

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