Semantic Classification of Tatar Verbs: Selecting Relevant Parameters

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Author Alfiia Galieva, Ayrat Gatiatullin, Zhanna Vavilova
Title Semantic Classification of Tatar Verbs: Selecting Relevant Parameters
Abstract This paper describes the methodology and current results of the ongoing classification of the Tatar lexicon in the process of developing databases of semantic classes of verbs. Our previous work included a semantic classification of Tatar verbs according to their basic meaning and thematic class. As a result, there have distinguished 59 basic semantic classes, with a semantic tag, or a set of tags, attributed to each of 3,200 verbs. If the thematic classification is universal and may be applied to any language, the currently developed classification described in this paper is based on the parametric principle and includes a set of morphological, syntactic, semantic, and derivational characteristics that are relevant for Tatar grammatical and semantic systems. In a sense, the work is aimed at creating a Tatar analogue of B. Levin’s verb classes, taking into account language-specific features. In the database, each semantic class, or subclass, is supposed to be provided with a set of admissible diathesis alternations and syntactic descriptions, depicting the verb valency, thematic roles of the arguments and semantic restrictions on them. By now we have created a detailed classification of speech, behavior, sound emissions, weather, emotions, mental states and actions verbs; when selecting the pertinent parameters and verifying their relevance, verbs of other classes were also considered.
Session Poster Presentations
Keywords Tatar verb, semantics, corpus, semantic classes
author={Alfiia Galieva, Ayrat Gatiatullin, Zhanna Vavilova},
title={Semantic Classification of Tatar Verbs: Selecting Relevant Parameters},
booktitle={Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography in Global Contexts},
address={Ljubljana, Slovenia},
editor={Jaka Čibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek},
publisher={Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts},
isbn={978-961-06-0097-8}, }