Colorado Research in Linguistics
Colorado Research in Linguistics -- ISSN 1937-7029

Vol 23.1 2012

Making Verb Argument Adjunct Distinctions in English

Jena D. Hwang

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In natural language processing, identifying a verbs argument structure is important for many tasks including parsing, text simpli?cation, and semantic role labeling. However, while most formal theories of grammar generally agree that there is a distinction between constituents that are arguments and those that are adjuncts, linguists do not yet agree on how to define what it means to be an argument or an adjunct. Nevertheless, these efforts have been fruitful in gaining a general understanding of some of the characteristics of arguments and adjuncts. This paper will explore the distinct approaches taken by the linguistics community, focusing on verb argument and adjunct distinctions. This paper explores the reasons behind why this distinction is such a dif?cult issue in both the semantic and syntactic community.

Jena D. Hwang is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She can be reached at: Hwangd@Colorado.EDU.

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