Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Authors: Köper, Maximilian
Title: Computational approaches for German particle verbs: compositionality, sense discrimination and non-literal language
Issue Date: 2018 Dissertation XVI, 202
Abstract: Anfangen (to start) is a German particle verb. Consisting of two parts, a base verb ("fangen") and particle ("an"), with potentially many or no intervening words in a sentence, particle verbs are highly frequent constructions with special properties. It has been shown that this type of verb represents a serious problem for language technology, due to particle verbs' ambiguity, ability to occur separate and seemingly unpredictable behaviour in terms of meaning. This dissertation addresses the meaning of German particle verbs via large-scale computational approaches. The three central parts of the thesis are concerned with computational models for the following components: i) compositionality, ii) senses and iii) non-literal language. In the first part of this thesis, we shed light on the phenomena by providing information on the properties of particle verbs, as well as the related and prior literature. In addition, we present the first corpus-driven statistical analysis. We use two different approaches for addressing the modelling of compositionality. For both approaches, we rely on large amounts of textual data with an algebraic model for representation to approximate meaning. We put forward the existing methodology and show that the prediction of compositionality can be improved by considering visual information. We model the particle verb senses based only on huge amounts of texts, without access to other resources. Furthermore, we compare and introduce the methods to find and represent different verb senses. Our findings indicate the usefulness of such sense-specific models. We successfully present the first model for detecting the non-literal language of particle verbs in a running text. Our approach reaches high performance by combining the established techniques from metaphor detection with particle verb-specific information. In the last part of the thesis, we approach the regularities and the meaning shift patterns. Here, we introduce a novel data collection approach for accessing the meaning components, as well as a computational model of particle verb analogy. The experiments reveal typical patterns in domain changes. Our data collection indicates that coherent verbs with the same meaning shift represent rather scarce phenomena. In summary, we provide novel computational models to previously unaddressed problems, and we report incremental improvements in the existing approaches. Across the models, we observe that semantically similar or synonymous base verbs behave similarly when combined with a particle. In addition, our models demonstrate the difficulty of particle verbs. Finally, our experiments suggest the usefulness of external normative emotion and affect ratings.
Appears in Collections:05 Fakultät Informatik, Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
koeper_thesis.pdf3,78 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in OPUS are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.