Visual Semantics and Ontology of Eventive Verbs

  • Minhua Ma
  • Paul Mc Kevitt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3248)


Various English verb classifications have been analyzed in terms of their syntactic and semantic properties, and conceptual components, such as syntactic valency, lexical semantics, and semantic/syntactic correlations. Here the visual semantics of verbs, particularly their visual roles, somatotopic effectors, and level-of-detail, is studied. We introduce the notion of visual valency and use it as a primary criterion to recategorize eventive verbs for language visualization (animation) in our intelligent multimodal storytelling system, CONFUCIUS. The visual valency approach is a framework for modelling deeper semantics of verbs. In our ontological system we consider both language and visual modalities since CONFUCIUS is a multimodal system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minhua Ma
    • 1
  • Paul Mc Kevitt
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing & Intelligent Systems, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of UlsterDerry/Londonderry

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