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Issues with the Unergative/Unaccusative Classification of the Intransitive Verbs

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3 Author(s)
Surtani, N. ; Language Technol. Res. Center, HIT Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India ; Khushboo Jha ; Paul, S.

The paper abandons a strict two-way sub-classification of intransitive verbs into unaccuasative and unergative for Hindi and proposes a distribution plotting of the same in a diffusion chart. The diagnostics tests that Bhatt (2003) applied on Hindi data are ranked for their efficiency of attributing correct sub-class to verbs. The diffusion chart shows that a tripartite classification handles the issue of classification of intransitive verbs in a better manner than the classical binary approach. The tripartite classification is as follows: (1) Verbs that take animate subject and are compatible with adverb of volitionality; (2) Verbs that take animate subject but are not compatible with adverb of volitionality; and (3) Verbs that take inanimate subject. The classification is of immense advantage for various NLP tasks such as machine translation, natural language generation.

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Asian Language Processing (IALP), 2011 International Conference on

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15-17 Nov. 2011