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PARSEME multilingual corpus of verbal multiword expressions

Savary, Agata; Marie Candito; Verginica Barbu Mititelu; Eduard Bejček; Fabienne Cap; Slavomír Čéplö; Silvio Ricardo Cordeiro; Gülşen Eryiğit; Voula Giouli; Maarten van Gompel; Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner; Jolanta Kovalevskaitė; Simon Krek; Chaya Liebeskind; Johanna Monti; Carla Parra Escartín; Lonneke van der Plas; Behrang QasemiZadeh; Carlos Ramisch; Federico Sangati; Ivelina Stoyanova; Veronika Vincze

Multiword expressions (MWEs) are known as a “pain in the neck” due to their
idiosyncratic behaviour. While some categories of MWEs have been largely stud-
ied, verbal MWEs (VMWEs) such as to take a walk, to break one’s heart or to turn
off have been relatively rarely modelled. We describe an initiative meant to bring
about substantial progress in understanding, modelling and processing VMWEs.
In this joint effort carried out within a European research network we elaborated a universal terminology and annotation methodology for VMWEs. Its main outcomes, available under open licenses, are unified annotation guidelines, and a corpus of over 5.4 million words and 62 thousand annotated VMWEs in 18 languages.




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