Compositionality of NN compounds: A case study on [N 1+artifactual-type event nouns]

Shan Wang, Chu-ren Huang, Hongzhi Xu

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Abstract

Generative Lexicon theory (GL) establishes three mechanisms at work when a predicate selects an argument, i.e. pure selection, accommodation and type coercion. They are widely used in verbal selection of nouns in the entity domain. However, little attention has been devoted to the compositionality of [N1+event noun] type NN compounds. This paper extends the usage of these mechanisms in two ways: 1) the eventive nominal head selection of a nominal modifier, and 2) their use in the eventive domain, through the case study on [N1+bǐsài 'competition']. Moreover, it reveals a new compositional mechanism subcomposition. It also discovers the domain contribution in type coercion. This work enriches the study on compositionality and GL.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2012
Pages70-79
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Event26th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2012 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 7 Nov 20127 Nov 2012

Conference

Conference26th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2012
CountryIndonesia
CityBali
Period7/11/127/11/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Software

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