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DFG project: Grammatische Analyse von Präposition-Substantiv-Sequenzen
(The Grammar of Preposition-Noun Sequences)

ungrammatisch

Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (KI-759/5-1+2)
from January 2009 to December 2013

November 2012: Linguistic conference The Meaning of P in Bochum.

Project leader

Prof. Dr. Tibor Kiss

Project team

Halima Husić B.A., wiss. Mitarbeiterin
Tobias Stadtfeld M.Sc., wiss. Mitarbeiter
Daniel Abbassi B.Sc., stud. Hilfskraft
Alicia Katharina Börner B.A., stud. Hilfskraft
Monika Duzy B.A., stud. Hilfskraft
Florian Kriete, stud. Hilfskraft
Johanna Marie Poppek B.A., stud. Hilfskraft
Vanessa Weidmann, stud. Hilfskraft

Description of project

Non-canonic combinations of prepositions and countable singular nouns have not yet been comprehensively analyzed in theoretical and computational linguistics. Quite often, the combination is considered exceptional, as it violates the near-universal tendency that singular count nouns trigger the presence of a determiner. Yet the combinations are productive and compositional (cf. Dömges et al. 2007, Kiss 2006, 2007, 2008).

The project investigates the grammar of preposition-noun combinations in large corpora by enriching preposition-noun combinations and ordinary PPs manually and automatically with morphological, syntactic, and semantic annotations. The resulting data will be structured and analyzed by using techniques from annotation mining and exploratory data analysis.

The primary objective of the project is a grammatical description of preposition-noun combinations, which can be used in descriptive grammars and linguistic analyses in the areas of theoretical and computational linguistics. In addition, it will provide electronic resources, in particular a database for the countability preferences of German nouns, and specialized annotation schemata, e.g. for preposition senses.

Relevant papers

EXCOTATE
Stadtfeld, T. & Kiss, T. (2012). EXCOTATE: An Add-on to MMAX2 for Inspection and Exchange of Annotated Data. In: Proceedings of COLING 2012. Mumbai.

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Spatiale Bedeutungen deutscher Präpositionen
Müller, Antje (2013): Spatiale Bedeutungen deutscher Präpositionen. Bedeutungsdifferenzierung und Annotation. Bochum, Germany.

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Determiner omission in PPs: where without differs from with
Kiss, T. & C. Roch (2010). Determiner omission in PPs: where without differs from with. Forthcoming in Aguilar, Ana, Le Bruyn, Bert and Joots Zwarts (Eds.). Weak Referentiality. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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On Adverbial Complements in German
Kiss, T., Müller, A., Roch, C. (2011). On Adverbial Complements in German. Presented at the Conference on Governement and Agreement 2011. Cambridge, UK.

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Annotating Spatial Interpretations of German Prepositions
Müller, A., Roch, C., Stadtfeld, T., Kiss, T. (2011). Annotating Spatial Interpretations of German Prepositions. In: O'Conner, Lisa (Ed.): 2011 Fifth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, 459 - 466. Stanford, CA.

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The Annotation of Preposition Senses in German
Müller, A., Roch, C., Stadtfeld, T., Kiss, T. (2010). The Annotation of Preposition Senses in German. To appear in Stolterfoht, B. and S. Featherston (Eds.): Linguistic Evidence 2010. Tübingen, Germany. Mouton de Gruyter (2011).

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Bedingungen für den Wegfall eines Artikels: Distribution und Interpretation von Präposition-Nomen-Kombinationen
Kiss, T. (2010). Bedingungen für den Wegfall eines Artikels: Distribution und Interpretation von Präposition-Nomen-Kombinationen. Forthcoming in Engelberg, S. et al. (Eds.). Sprachliche Regularitäten zwischen Lexikon und Grammatik. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Verlag. Written in German.

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A Logistic Regression Model of Determiner Omission in PPs
Kiss, T., Keßelmeier, K., Müller, A., Roch, C., Stadtfeld, T. & Strunk, J. (2010). A Logistic Regression Model of Determiner Omission in PPs. Paper for Proceedings of Coling 2010. Beijing, China.

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An Annotation Schema for Preposition Senses in German
Müller, A., Hülscher, O., Roch, C., Keßelmeier, K., Stadtfeld, T., Strunk, J. & Kiss, T. (2010). An Annotation Schema for Preposition Senses in German. In Proceedings of the ACL Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW IV). Uppsala, Sweden.

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Creating a Feature Space for the Annotation of Preposition Senses in German
Müller, A., Keßelmeier, K., Roch, C., Strunk, J., Stadtfeld, T. & Kiss, T. (2009). Creating a Feature Space for the Annotation of Preposition Senses in German. Paper for Linguistic Evidence 2010. Tübingen.

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Mining for Preposition-Noun Constructions
Kiss, T., Keßelmeier, K., Müller, A., Roch, C., Stadtfeld, T., & Strunk, J. (2009). Mining for Preposition-Noun Constructions. In Proceedings of NODALIDA 2009. NEALT (North-Eastern Association of Language Technology). Proceedings Vol. 4, Tartu, Estonia.

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Towards a Grammar of Preposition-Noun Combinations
In: Müller, Stefan (Ed.): The Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Keihanna, July 28-30, 2008. Stanford: CSLI Publications. 116-130

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Measuring the Productivity of Determinerless PPs
Mit Dömges, F., Müller, A., Roch, C. (2007). In: Costello, Fintan, John Kelleher and Martin Volk (Eds.): Proceedings of the 4th ACL-SIGSEM Workshop on Prepositions. Prague.

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Produktivität und Idiomatizität von Präposition-Substantiv-Sequenzen
In: Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 26 (2) (2007); 317-345.

[download PDF-file: 158 KB]. Written in German.

Do we need a grammar of irregular sequences?
In: Butt, Miriam (Ed.): Proceedings of KONVENS 2006. Konstanz. 64-70.

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