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Verbs in Corpora, Lexicon ex machina

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This chapter presents the first of a series of three case studies concerning various aspects of argument structure of Latin verbs. It focuses on the value of a computational resource for Latin: the first corpus-based valency lexicon for Latin verbs. Rather than being a theoretical study on valency in Latin, this is a concrete example of a resource built from annotated corpora. The chapter focuses on a lexical resource that gives information about Latin verbal valency and is based on two syntactically annotated corpora. A typical way to represent verbal valency is through valency patterns, which are sequences of verbal arguments. In a methodological perspective, the lexicon gives an original contribution to the emerging field of Latin Computational Linguistics: it places itself at the interface between computational lexicography and lexical acquisition on the one hand, and Latin syntax and morphology on the other.

Keywords: annotated corpora; computational lexicography; Latin morphology; Latin verbs; lexical acquisition; Lexicon ex machina; valency patterns



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