I’ve got a construction looks funny – representing and recovering non-standard constructions in UD

Josef Ruppenhofer, Ines Rehbein


Abstract
The UD framework defines guidelines for a crosslingual syntactic analysis in the framework of dependency grammar, with the aim of providing a consistent treatment across languages that not only supports multilingual NLP applications but also facilitates typological studies. Until now, the UD framework has mostly focussed on bilexical grammatical relations. In the paper, we propose to add a constructional perspective and discuss several examples of spoken-language constructions that occur in multiple languages and challenge the current use of basic and enhanced UD relations. The examples include cases where the surface relations are deceptive, and syntactic amalgams that either involve unconnected subtrees or structures with multiply-headed dependents. We argue that a unified treatment of constructions across languages will increase the consistency of the UD annotations and thus the quality of the treebanks for linguistic analysis.
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2020.udw-1.16
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Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Universal Dependencies (UDW 2020)
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December
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2020
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Barcelona, Spain (Online)
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COLING | UDW
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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140–151
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