Visual semantics and ontology of eventive verbs

M Ma, P McKevitt

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Various English verb classifications have been analyzed in terms of their syntactic and semantic properties, and conceptual components, such as syntactic valency, lexical semantics, and semantic/syntactic correlations. Here the visual semantics of verbs, particularly their visual roles, somatotopic effectors, and level-of-detail, is studied. We introduce the notion of visual valency and use it as a primary criterion to recategorize eventive verbs for language visualization (animation) in our intelligent multimodal storytelling system, CONFUCIUS. The visual valency approach is a framework for modelling deeper semantics of verbs. In our ontological system we consider both language and visual modalities since CONFUCIUS is a multimodal system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Language Processing - IJCNLP 2004
EditorsK-H Su, J Tsujii, J-H Lee, OY Kwong
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-24475-2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2005

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