Context Effects on Frame Probability Independent of Verb Sense Ambiguity

Frank Keller, Christoph Scheepers

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Verb frame probability has received wide attention in the parsing literature and in psycholinguistic research. Although frame probabilities obtained from corpora have been shown to correlate with experimental data, the correlation is less than perfect and varies across corpora. We argue that this variability can be explained in terms of discourse context, based on experimental data that show that context has an inuence on frame probability for the NP/VP ambiguity in German. This effect is observed for both semantically ambiguous and unambiguous verbs, and hence cannot be explained solely in terms of verb sense ambiguity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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