Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (KI-759/5-1+2)
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.