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.
|Title of host publication||Natural Language Processing - IJCNLP 2004|
|Editors||K-H Su, J Tsujii, J-H Lee, OY Kwong|
|Place of Publication||Berlin, Germany|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Mar 2005|
Ma, M., & McKevitt, P. (2005). Visual semantics and ontology of eventive verbs. In K-H. Su, J. Tsujii, J-H. Lee, & OY. Kwong (Eds.), Natural Language Processing - IJCNLP 2004 (pp. 187-196). Berlin, Germany: Springer.