Using extra-linguistic material for Mandarin-French verbal constructions comparison

Pierre MAGISTRY, Laurent PRÉVOT, Hin Tat CHEUNG, Chien-yun SHIAO, Yann DESALLE, Bruno GAUME

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Abstract

Systematic cross-linguistic studies of verbs syntactic-semantic behaviors for typologically distant languages such as Mandarin Chinese and French are difficult to conduct. Such studies are nevertheless necessary due to the crucial role that verbal constructions play in the mental lexicon. This paper addresses the problem by combining psycho-linguistics and computational methods. Psycho-linguistics provides us with a bilingual corpus that features verbal construction associated with carefully built extra-linguistic material (short video clips). Computational approaches bring us distributional semantic models (DSM) to measure the distance between linguistic elements in the extra-linguistic space. These models allows for cross-linguistic measures that we evaluate against manually annotated data. In this paper, we discuss the results, potential shortcomings involving cultural variability and how to measure such bias. Copyright © 2009 by Pierre Magistry, Laurent Prévot, Hintat Cheung, Chien-yun Shiao, Yann Desalle, and Bruno Gaume.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACLIC 23: Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
EditorsOlivia KWONG
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherCity University of Hong Kong Press
Pages325-334
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9789624423198, 9624423199
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Linguistics
Semantics
Syntactics
Computational methods

Citation

Magistry, P., Prévot, L., Cheung, H., Shiao, C.-Y., Desalle, Y., & Gaume, B. (2009). Using extra-linguistic material for Mandarin-French verbal constructions comparison. In O. Kwong (Ed.), PACLIC 23: Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (Vol. 1, pp. 325-334). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press.

Keywords

  • Cross-linguistic study
  • Distributional semantic models
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Extralinguistic context