Logic, Language and Meaning pp 112-121
Adjectives as Saturators vs. Modifiers: Statistical Evidence
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- Boleda G., Evert S., Gehrke B., McNally L. (2012) Adjectives as Saturators vs. Modifiers: Statistical Evidence. In: Aloni M., Kimmelman V., Roelofsen F., Sassoon G.W., Schulz K., Westera M. (eds) Logic, Language and Meaning. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7218. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
This paper reports on a large-scale, statistical analysis of corpus data to support the null hypothesis that ethnic adjectives (EAs, e.g. French) are ordinary adjectives, rather than argument-saturating “nouns in disguise” (in, e.g., French agreement). In particular, EAs are argued to simply modify the noun they combine with; their special properties in inducing argument-like behavior arises from the interaction between the semantics of event nominals and that of the adjective.
Keywordsadjective argument structure kind modifier modification nominalization lexical semantics logistic regression model statistical analysis
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