A new categorization framework for Chinese adverbs

Hongzhi Xu, Dingxu Shi, Chu-ren Huang

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Previous studies on the categorization of Chinese adverbs have not come to a conclusive end, in part due to their varying criteria. While many studies have focused on subcategories of adverbs, the boundaries of the subcategories themselves are not clear. As a result, there is still no clear picture where Chinese adverbs stand in the whole field of Chinese semantics. In addition, not enough features have been explored in order to derive highly cohesive categories. In this paper, we present a new categorization framework for Chinese adverbs. Firstly, four coarse-grained categories are proposed according to the semantic structures of sentences, including the proposition, modalities, aspect and other meaning components. Then, several semantic and syntactic features are used to further divide the four categories into more than ninety finer-grained subcategories. Based on the new framework, we find that adverbs in the same category function in similar ways, both semantically and syntactically.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 16th Workshop, CLSW 2015, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319271934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event16th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 9 May 201511 May 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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