Computational linking theory
Aaron Steven White, Drew Reisinger, Rachel Rudinger, Kyle Rawlins, Benjamin Van Durme
August 2016

A linking theory explains how verbs’ semantic arguments are mapped to their syntactic arguments—the inverse of the semantic role labeling task from the shallow semantic parsing literature. In this paper, we introduce the computational linking theory (CLT) framework and use it to implement two classic linking theories. We then propose the semantic proto-role linking model (SPRoLiM), which implements a generalization of Dowty’s seminal proto-role theory. We use SPRoLiM to induce natural semantic roles that we evaluate using the CLT framework. We show that SPRoLiM provides a viable theoretically motivated alternative to previous work in semantic role induction.
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Reference: lingbuzz/002883
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keywords: linking, thematic role, proto-role, computational model, semantics, syntax
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