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Language Resources for Persian

This page is dedicated to open access language resources for Persian developed by the researchers of "Mondes iranian et indian".

Persian Complex Predicate Database

Pollet Samvelian
Pegah Faghiri

PersPred was developed within ANR-DFG PERGRAM (2008-2012) project and is related to the work package LR4.1 of the Labex EFL.


Based on Samvelian’s (2012) theoretical and descriptive survey, PersPred provides a syntactic and semantic classification of Persian complex predicates, also referred to as "compound verbs" or "light verb constructions".

The underlying methodology combines Maurice Gross’s Lexicon-Grammar (1975) approach and the semantic classification of English verbs by Levin (1993).

Each line of the database corresponds to the predicative combination of a verb and a non-verbal element, for which various types of information are stored in each column, namely the English and French translation of the verb, of the non-verbal element and the meaning of the complex predicate, its sub-categorisation frame and alternations. At least one example extracted from the literature, newspaper or the Internet, illustrates each entry.

A particularly innovative feature of PersPred is that it proposes semantic groupings of predicates. This accounts for the productivity of these combinations and thus allows for the integration of the newly coined predicates.

Its design and the diversity of the information it contains make PresPred not only an appropriate lexicographic tool for numerous applications such as translation, NLT, language teaching, but also a valuable resource for investigations on various theoretical topics.

PersPred 1.0, delivered in June 2012, contains around 600 entries complex predicates formed with the verb zadan ’to hit’ and a nominal element. This version of the database is in xls format.



PersPred is distributed under the LGPL-LR license and available per request.

You must accept the terms of LGPL-LR license to use this resource. By requesting to obtain PersPred you accept the terms of this license.

Related Publications

Pollet Samvelian and Pegah Faghiri, 2013, Introducing PersPred, a syntactic and semantic database for Persian Complex Predicates, Proceedings of The 9th Workshop on Multiword Expressions, NAACL-HLT 2013, 14-15 June, Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Association for Computational Linguistics, pp 11-20.

Samvelian, Pollet. 2012. Grammaire des prédicats complexes : les constructions nom-verbe. Paris : Lavoisier, 330 p.

Pollet Samvelian and Pegah Faghiri, to appear. Rethinking Compositionality in Persian Complex Predicates. Berkeley Linguistics Society 39th Annual Meeting, February 16-17, 2013, Berkeley.

Samvelian, Pollet, Grammaire des prédicats complexes : les constructions nom-verbe. Paris : Lavoisier, 2012, 330 p.
Gross, Maurice, "On the relations between syntax and semantics", Formal Semantics of Natural Language, E.L. Keenan (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975, pp. 389-405.
Levin, Beth, English Verb Classes and Alternations: A Preliminary Investigation, Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993.

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Updated on : 13 January 2014