Predicative Forms in Natural Language and in Lexical Knowledge Bases

  • Patrick Saint-Dizier

Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Federica Busa, Daniele Dubois, Christiane Fellbaum, Patrick Saint-Dizier, Evelyne Viegas
    Pages 53-91
  3. Evelyne Viegas, Kavi Mahesh, Sergei Nirenburg, Stephen Beale
    Pages 171-203
  4. M. Palmer, J. Rosenzweig, W. Schuler
    Pages 229-256
  5. Federica Busa
    Pages 349-374
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 375-379

About this book


This volume is a selection of papers presented at a workshop entitled Predicative Forms in Natural Language and in Lexical Knowledge Bases organized in Toulouse in August 1996. A predicate is a named relation that exists among one or more arguments. In natural language, predicates are realized as verbs, prepositions, nouns and adjectives, to cite the most frequent ones. Research on the identification, organization, and semantic representa­ tion of predicates in artificial intelligence and in language processing is a very active research field. The emergence of new paradigms in theoretical language processing, the definition of new problems and the important evol­ ution of applications have, in fact, stimulated much interest and debate on the role and nature of predicates in naturallangage. From a broad theoret­ ical perspective, the notion of predicate is central to research on the syntax­ semantics interface, the generative lexicon, the definition of ontology-based semantic representations, and the formation of verb semantic classes. From a computational perspective, the notion of predicate plays a cent­ ral role in a number of applications including the design of lexical knowledge bases, the development of automatic indexing systems for the extraction of structured semantic representations, and the creation of interlingual forms in machine translation.


Syntax Verb classification knowledge base language natural language semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick Saint-Dizier
    • 1
  1. 1.IRIT-CNRSToulouseFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5146-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2746-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1386-291X
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