COMLEX syntax a large syntactic dictionary for natural language processing

Catherine Macleod, Ralph Grishman, Adam Meyers

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This article is a detailed account of COMLEX Syntax, an on-line syntactic dictionary of English, developed by the Proteus Project at New York University under the auspices of the Linguistics Data Consortium. This lexicon was intended to be used for a variety of tasks in natural language processing by computer and as such has very detailed classes with a large number of syntactic features and complements for the major parts of speech and is, as far as possible, theory neutral. The dictionary was entered by hand %vith reference to hard copy dictionaries, an on-line concordance and native speakers' intuition. Thus it is without prior encumbrances and can be used for both pure research and commercial purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-481
Number of pages23
JournalComputers and the Humanities
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997


  • Lexicon
  • On-line dictionary
  • Syntactic dictionary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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