Leslie Barrett

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This paper describes how NOMLEX, a dictionary of nominalizations, can be used in Information Extraction (IE). This paper details a procedure which maps syntactic and semantic information designed for writing an IE pattern for an active clause (IBM appointed Alice Smith as vice president) into a set of patterns for nominalizations (e.g., IBM's appointment of(More)
We explore the properties of support-verb and nominalization (SVN) pairs in English, a type of multiword expression in which a semantically impoverished verb combines with a complement nominalization sharing an unexpressed role with the verb. This study follows others in seeking syntactic or lexical semantic factors correlated with the acceptability of(More)
In this paper we discuss the possible types of relationships between participant roles in related situation types. We first discuss principles that might determine which roles are present in one type of situation, given the roles present in a related type of situation. While no simple general rules seem to exist, there are useful rules for particular cases.(More)
Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF) is a longstanding and controversial legal process viewed on the one hand as a powerful tool for combating drug crimes and on the other hand as a violation of the rights of US citizens. Data used to support both sides of the controversy to date has come from government sources representing records of the events at the time of(More)
We present a new subword-based approach to automatically translate biomedical terms from one language to another. The approach may support the creation of new multilingual biomedical lexicons and make the crosslinking between different languages possible. Using subwords, i.e. morphologically meaningful units, instead of full words significantly reduces the(More)
This paper presents preliminary research into the possibility of using F0 (fundamental frequency) information to enhance the performance of speech-to-speech translation engines and speech recognition software for Arabic and English. Specifically, we aim to find factors that differentiate yes-no question in both languages from other sentential types.(More)
While we agree that the base-generated phonologically null nominal known as PRO has Case, we dispute the recent contention of Chomsky & Lasnik (1995) and Martin(2001) that there is a special Null Case, assigned in English by certain instances of infinitival to. We show that, contrary to Martin’s claims, there is no consistent distinction between instances(More)