Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Language Centre

Abstract

In MARVS (Module-Attribute Representation of Verbal Semantics), verbs can be differentiated based on eventive information which comprises event modules and role modules. Huang et al. (2000) used MARVS to examine near-synonymous and suggested that it is a model that can highlight the difference between synonymous sets. However, this paper found that there are weaknesses in the methodology of MARVS which can be improved by adding two additional steps. These steps include establishing the shared senses of the near-synonyms through corpus analyses and using collocations in terms of Mutual Information Values to operationalize the methodology. This paper demonstrates the effectiveness of these two steps and suggests that these steps should be adopted in MARVS.

Publication Year

2008

Journal Title

Language and Linguistics

Volume number

9(2)

First Page (page number)

415

Last Page (page number)

434

Referreed

1

Keywords

Near-synonyms, MARVS, sense, Mutual Information Value

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