Automatic Classification for English Verbs

Brief description

This is a verb classification of English verbs. This classification is acquired using spectral clustering and subcategorization frame parameterized by selection preference as features. The feature and method are described in the paper Sun and Korhonen(2008).

The classification contains two parts:


The first release of this resource:
The clustering code is available on request (send mail to
You can acknowledge this resource by citing this publication:

 author = {Sun, Lin and Korhonen, Anna},
 title = {Improving verb clustering with automatically acquired selectional preferences},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: Volume 2 - Volume 2},
 series = {EMNLP '09},
 year = {2009},
 isbn = {978-1-932432-62-6},
 location = {Singapore},
 pages = {638--647},
 numpages = {10},
 publisher = {Association for Computational Linguistics},
 address = {Stroudsburg, PA, USA},

This resource can be used for research and education purpose.


Lin Sun, Anna Korhonen Hierarchical Verb Clustering Using Graph Factorization EMNLP 2011 PDF

Lin Sun, Anna Korhonen. 2009 Improving Verb Clustering with Automatically Acquired Selectional Preferences. Proceedings of EMNLP 2009 PDF

Anna Korhonen, Yuval Krymolowski and Nigel Collier. 2008. The Choice of Features for Classification of Verbs in Biomedical Texts PDF 21/06/2012