Developing a Generative Lexicon Within HPSG

  • Toni Badia
  • Roser Saurí
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 46)


This paper aims at enriching the semantic treatment standardly assumed in HPSG in order to deal with several issues not adequately solved, concerning the representation of: verbal and nominal complement optionality, non-intersective uses of adjectives, selection restrictions imposed by predicates to their arguments, and the implication of syntactically non-expressable participants and events as part of the denotation of lexical items. To this purpose, we modified and enriched the content description level of HPSG as well as its governing principle. Our point of departure is the Generative Lexicon model (GL), basically because of its rich and flexible view of semantics, and its similarity to HPSG with regard to the underlying representation logic. In particular, we take advantage of both the GL representational aspect (that is, the multi-layered, structured conception of semantic information) and its generative dimension. The resulting proposal is implementable in LKB (We are grateful to José Castaño, Louise McNally, James Pustejovsky, Carlos Rodríguez, and Enric Vallduví for their very valuable comments and help at different stages of this work).


Lexical Entry Argument Structure Semantic Structure Lexical Semantic Verbal Predicate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Translation and Language Sciences DepartmentPompeu Fabra UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Voice and Language Group, Barcelona MediaBarcelonaSpain

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