The Chinese Verb Embodiment Database (CVED)

James Richard Britton, Chu-ren Huang

Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)Conference presentation (not published in journal/proceeding/book)Academic researchpeer-review


The Chinese Verb Embodiment Database is a newly collected set of embodiment norms for 689 of the most frequently-occurring verbs in the Academia Sinica Balanced Corpus of Modern Chinese. It aims to provide a resource for research into the role of embodiment in the conceptualisation of Chinese verbs. The norms were collected from 65 native speakers of Mandarin Chinese who completed an online survey in simplified Chinese. The research also aimed to discover which verbal features, such as detailed part-of-speech and Chinese character structure, can predict relative embodiment ratings. Statistical analysis has shown that whether a verb is active or stative is a strong predictor of its embodiment rating.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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