Adjectives as Saturators vs. Modifiers: Statistical Evidence

  • Gemma Boleda
  • Stefan Evert
  • Berit Gehrke
  • Louise McNally
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7218)


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.


adjective argument structure kind modifier modification nominalization lexical semantics logistic regression model statistical analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gemma Boleda
    • 1
  • Stefan Evert
    • 2
  • Berit Gehrke
    • 1
  • Louise McNally
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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