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Polysemy and questions of lumping or splitting in the construction of Swedish FrameNet

Conference paper
Authors Karin Friberg Heppin
Dana Dannélls
Published in Proceedings of the Workshop on Semantic resources and Semantic Annotation for Natural Language Processing and the Digital Humanities at NODALIDA 2015, Vilnius, 11th May, 2015
Pages 12-20
ISSN 1650-3686
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 12-20
Language en
Links www.ep.liu.se/ecp/112/003/ecp151120...
Keywords polysemy, frame semantics, frames, Swedish FrameNet, linguistic resources
Subject categories Linguistics, Swedish language, Computational linguistics

Abstract

When working on a lexical resource, such as Swedish FrameNet (SweFN), assumptions based on linguistic theories are made, and methodological directions based upon them are taken. These directions often need to be revised when not beforehand foreseen problems arise. One assumption that was made already in the early development stages of SweFN was that each lexical entry from the reference lexicon, SALDO, would evoke only one semantic frame in SweFN. If a lexical entry evoked more than one frame, it entailed more than one sense and therefore required a new entry in the lexicon. As work progressed, this inclination towards splitting, in the perpetual lumpers and splitters discussion proved to be progressively untenable. This paper will give an account of the problems which were encountered and suggestions for solutions on polysemy issues forcing a discussion on lumping or splitting.

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