Jan-Philipp Soehn


A Multilingual Database of Polarity Items
Beata Trawiński | Jan-Philipp Soehn
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

This paper presents three electronic collections of polarity items: (i) negative polarity items in Romanian, (ii) negative polarity items in German, and (iii) positive polarity items in German. The presented collections are a part of a linguistic resource on lexical units with highly idiosyncratic occurrence patterns. The motivation for collecting and documenting polarity items was to provide a solid empirical basis for linguistic investigations of these expressions. Our databe provides general information about the collected items, specifies their syntactic properties, and describes the environment that licenses a given item. For each licensing context, examples from various corpora and the Internet are introduced. Finally, the type of polarity (negative or positive) and the class (superstrong, strong, weak or open) associated with a given item is specified. Our database is encoded in XML and is available via the Internet, offering dynamic and flexible access.