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Form and Meaning Representation of Chinese Constructions

Fundamental Issues on Constructicography

Weidong Zhan    Peking University, China    

Jiajun Wang    Peking University, China    

Long Chen    Peking University, China    

Haibin Huang    Peking University, China    



This paper introduces a Chinese constructicon (CCL-CxnBank) and a corpus annotation platform for the description of actual usages of constructions in contexts. CCL-CxnBank is an online repository that contains more than 1,000 constructions, as well as the linguistic descriptions of their various features. Based on our practice of constructicography, we hold that constructions differ from phrases in that they are not recursive. We propose that the formal representation of a given construction should be linear, while its meaning should be represented through paraphrase templates and semantic frames. In the future, contextual features will be integrated to analyse the semantics of constructions.

keywords: Chinese constructicon. Constructicography. Construction grammar. Form and meaning representation. Principle of compositionality. Language engineering.

Language: en

Submitted: Oct. 2, 2020   Accepted: Nov. 30, 2020   Published: Dec. 21, 2020  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-406-6/010

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