Hanks, P. (2010) Elliptical arguments. In: Granger, S. and Paquot, M. , eds. (2010) e-Lexicography in the 21st Century: New Challenges, New Applications. Cahiers du CENTAL, Presses universitaires de Louvain.
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Demonstrates that the meaning of a verb is often determined by an absent argument. For example, to treat people with respect denotes some kind of general behaviour, but to treat people (without a prepositional phrase or adverbial of manner) normally activates a medical meaning of treat. In other cases, omission of an argument is optional, depending on the context. This paper addresses an issue of particular difficulty in computational natural language processing.
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