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Visual semantics and ontology of eventive verbs

Ma, Minhua and McKevitt, Paul (2005) Visual semantics and ontology of eventive verbs. In: Natural Language Processing. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (3248). Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 187-196. ISBN 978-3-540-24475-2

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Various English verb classifications have been analyzed in terms of their syntactic and semantic properties, and conceptual components, such as syntactic valency, lexical semantics, and semantic/syntactic correlations. Here the visual semantics of verbs, particularly their visual roles, somatotopic effectors, and level-of-detail, is studied. We introduce the notion of visual valency and use it as a primary criterion to recategorize eventive verbs for language visualization (animation) in our intelligent multimodal storytelling system, CONFUCIUS. The visual valency approach is a framework for modelling deeper semantics of verbs. In our ontological system we consider both language and visual modalities since CONFUCIUS is a multimodal system.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Minhua Ma
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 15:12
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 15:12


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