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In "高兴/地/说", is 高兴 an adjective or an adverb?

The following link is a document on "Part-Of-Speech Tagging Guidelines for the Penn Chinese Treebank (3.0)"

https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1039&context=ircs_reports

The Chinese Treebank 8.0 data can be downloaded from https://wakespace.lib.wfu.edu/bitstream/handle/10339/39379/LDC2013T21.tgz?sequence=1

I am building a Chinese part-of-speech tagger model using the Ontonotes corpus, which contains Penn Chinese Treebank data. After reviewing many of the annotated sentences, I fail to understand the annotation of many 'VA' adjectives that precede (的/地(DEV) verb(VV)). I processed the annotated sentences into a file, and by regular expression I found that words in this case are twice more likely to be annotated as VA than to be annotated as AD.

In my impression, regarding "XXX 地 verb", XXX is always an adverb. But in the corpus, hundreds of cases like this are annotated as an adjective, like "可以/VV/O 轻易/VA/O 地/DEV/O 改变/VV/O", ..., etc.

See page 14 of the document. 高兴 seems to be an adverb (AD) instead of an adjective (VA).

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Why are the words like this annotated as VA instead of AD? How to tell whether words of this case should be annotated as VA, JJ, or AD ? Or are the part-of-speech tags of the words really correctly annotated in the Chinese Treebank data?

  • see dictionaries, 高兴 is an adjective, adjectives can function as adverbs in which case they may or may not be separated from verb by 地, see any grammar on topic of adverbs, adjectives, structural particle 地,example of doubled adjective 好 functioning as adverb not separated from verb: 好好学习 – user6065 May 24 at 9:01
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依照英汉词典的规律,happy被翻译成"高兴的",happily被翻译成"高兴地"。 所以单独看"高兴",不能判断其是形容词还是副词。而应该是

"高兴的"是形容词

"高兴地"是副词

  • 但是在语料中它就被标为形容词,是链接的pdf文件内的一个范例。另外Chinese treebank语料的tag set中,VA和JJ是形容词,AD是副词 – Tom May 24 at 9:19
  • 另外印象中这里"高兴的"也应该是副词。的和地通用,以及只看后面是不是接动词 – Tom May 24 at 9:21
  • @Tom, By my personal opinion, 现在很多人在网络上打字的时候根本不区分"高兴的"和"高兴地",因为它们发音相同,拼音输入法难以区分。所以语料库的判断的时候,可能不单纯从"的"/"地"来区分是形容词还是副词。而是从"高兴的/地"后面跟的词来区分。 – Zhang May 24 at 9:30

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