These pages draw from Section 2 of Stanford typed dependencies manual (de Marneffe and Manning 2008), but have been updated for UD.
Note: nmod, neg and punct appear in two places.
acl: clausal modifier of noun
acl is used for finite and non-finite clauses that modify a
noun. Note that in English relative clauses get assigned a specific
relation acl:relcl, a subtype of
the issues as he sees them acl(issues, sees)
Points to establish are ... acl(Points, establish)
I don't have anything to say to you acl(anything, say)
Non-relative clause finite clausal complements for nouns are limited to complement clauses with a subset of nouns like fact or report. We analyze them as
acl (parallel to the analysis of this class as “content clauses” in Huddleston and Pullum 2002). Such clausal complements are usually finite (though there are occasional remnant English subjunctives).
I admire the fact that you are honest acl(fact, honest) mark(honest, that) cop(honest, are) nsubj(honest, you)
acl:relcl: relative clause modifier
A relative clause modifier of an noun is a relative clause modifying the noun. The relation points from the noun that is modified to the head of the relative clause. Relative clauses are finite.
I saw the man you love acl:relcl(man, love)
I saw the book which you bought acl:relcl(book, bought)
advcl: adverbial clause modifier
An adverbial clause modifier is a clause which modifies a verb or other predicate (adjective, etc.), as a modifier not as a core complement. This includes things such as a temporal clause, consequence, conditional clause, purpose clause, etc. The dependent must be clausal (or else it is an advmod) and the dependent is the main predicate of the clause.
The accident happened as the night was falling advcl(happened, falling)
If you know who did it , you should tell the teacher advcl(tell, know)
He talked to him in order to secure the account advcl(talked, secure)
He was upset when I talked to him advcl(upset, talked)
They heard about you missing classes. advcl(heard, missing)
advmod: adverbial modifier
An adverbial modifier of a word is a (non-clausal) adverb or adverbial phrase (ADVP) that serves to modify the meaning of the word.
Genetically modified food advmod(modified, Genetically)
less often advmod(often, less)
amod: adjectival modifier
An adjectival modifier of a nominal is any adjective or adjectival phrase that serves to modify the meaning of the nominal. This includes always or sometimes postposed modifiers, such as else and nice in the examples below.
Sam eats red meat amod(meat, red)
Sam took out a 3 million dollar loan amod(loan, dollar)
Sam took out a $ 3 million loan amod(loan, $)
Anything else for me ? amod(Anything, else)
We can go somewhere nice . amod(somewhere, nice)
appos: appositional modifier
An appositional modifier of an NP is an NP immediately to the right of the first NP that serves to define or modify that NP. It includes parenthesized examples, as well as defining abbreviations in one of these structures.
Sam , my brother , arrived appos(Sam-1, brother-4)
Bill ( John 's cousin ) appos(Bill-1, cousin-5)
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation ( ABC ) appos(Corporation-4, ABC-6)
An auxiliary of a clause is a non-main verb of the clause, e.g., a modal auxiliary, or a form of be, do or have in a periphrastic tense.
(Contrary to the older SD and arguments of Pullum (1982) and following, infinitive to is not analyzed as an auxiliary. Instead, it is analyzed as a mark.)
Reagan has died aux(died-3, has-2)
He should leave aux(leave-3, should-2)
auxpass: passive auxiliary
A passive auxiliary of a clause is a non-main verb of the clause which contains the passive information.
Kennedy has been killed auxpass(killed, been)
Kennedy was killed auxpass(killed, was)
Kennedy got killed auxpass(killed, got)
case: case marking
case relation is used for any preposition in English. Prepositions are treated as dependents of the noun they attach to or introduce in an “extended nominal projection”. Thus, contrary to SD, UD abandons treating a preposition as a mediator between a modified word and its object. The
case relation aims at providing a uniform analysis of prepositions and case in morphologically rich languages. In English, subordinating conjunctions introducing clauses are often in the form of prepositions. However, they are given a different dependency: The relation mark is used for markers in an “extended clausal projection”.
case relation is also used for the possessive clitic ‘s in English, which we separate from what it modifies, because it acts as a phrasal clitic, as shown in the last example.
I saw a cat in a hat case(hat, in)
I saw a cat with a telescope case(telescope, with)
He is responsible for meals case(meals, for)
The school 's grounds case(school, 's)
The head of school 's speech case(head, 's) case(school, of) nmod(speech, head)
A coordination is the relation between an element of a conjunct and the coordinating conjunction word of the conjunct. (Note: different dependency grammars have different treatments of coordination. We take one conjunct of a conjunction (normally the first) as the head of the conjunction.) A conjunction may also appear at the beginning of a sentence. This is also called a
cc, and dependent on the root predicate of the sentence.
And then we left . cc(left, And)
A preconjunct is the relation between the head of an NP and a word that appears at the beginning bracketing a conjunction (and puts emphasis on it), such as either, both, neither).
Both the boys and the girls are here cc:preconj(boys, Both)
ccomp: clausal complement
A clausal complement of a verb or adjective is a dependent clause with an internal subject which functions like an object of the verb or adjective.
He says that you like to swim ccomp(says, like) mark(like, that)
He says you like to swim ccomp(says, like)
I am certain that he did it ccomp(certain, did) mark(did, that)
The boss said to start digging ccomp(said, start) mark(start, to)
See this page for additional explanation and examples.
compound is used for:
- noun compounds. (These should show the correct modification structure of noun compounds, and do - or should - in the English UD treebank. Note, however, that the current automatic Stanford UD converter still makes all nouns modify the rightmost noun of the noun phrase when run on corpora like the 1999 Penn Treebank 3 which do not show noun compound structure - there is no intelligent noun compound analysis. The correct results are achieved when run on corpora like OntoNotes which do represent the branching structure of noun phrases.)
phone book compound(book, phone)
oil price futures compound(price, oil) compound(futures, price)
This includes proper names that use regular syntactic relations—contrast with name:
Wall Street compound(Street, Wall)
Natural Resources Conservation Service amod(Resources-2, Natural-1) compound(Conservation-3, Resources-2) compound(Service-4, Conservation-3)
I have four thousand sheep compound(thousand, four)
I lost $ 3.2 billion compound(billion, 3.2)
- adjectival compounds
a medium - large company amod (company, large) compound(large, medium) punct(large, -)
a self - driven research strategy compound(strategy, research) amod(strategy, driven) compound(driven, self) punct(driven, -)
- imitative reduplication
Does he go oink oink ? compound(oink-5, oink-4)
- idiomatic phrasal verbs are analyzed as a language-specific subrelation of compound
She just made up the answer . compound:prt(made, up)
compound:prt: phrasal verb particle
They shut down the station compound:prt(shut, down)
They shut the station down compound:prt(shut, down)
This relation excludes literal/directional uses of prepositions/particles, such as up, down, in, out, etc. These would typically become an ADV with the relation advmod:
The dentist pulled out the tooth advmod(pulled, out)
The dentist pulled the tooth out advmod(pulled, out)
A conjunct is the relation between two elements connected by a
coordinating conjunction, such as and, or, etc. We treat
conjunctions asymmetrically: The head of the relation is the first
conjunct and other conjunctions depend on it via the
Bill is big and honest conj(big, honest)
A copula is the relation between the complement of a copular verb and the copular verb. Copular heads are avoided when possible.
Bill is an honest man cop(man, is) nsubj(man, Bill) amod(man, honest) det(man, an)
Prepositional phrases are annotated similarly, the only difference being that the nominal predicate has an additional case marker.
Bill is from California case(California, from) cop(California, is) nsubj(California, Bill)
When an adjective or adverb is being predicated of a nominal phrase, the adjective/adverb is the root, the nominal phrase is the nsubj, and the copula is the cop.
Bill is honest nsubj(honest, Bill) cop(honest, is)
It was yesterday nsubj(yesterday, It) cop(yesterday, was)
Prepositions may also project a cop dependent.
The light is on cop(on, is) nsubj(on, light) det(light, The)
In predicative wh-constructions, the fronted wh-word is the head, and the copula is another cop.
What is that ? cop(What, is) nsubj(What, that)
However, whenever the copula has a clausal argument/adjunct, the copula becomes the root, so the cop relation is not used.
It was because Bill is honest nsubj(was, It) mark(honest, because) ccomp(was, honest) nsubj(honest, Bill) cop(honest, is)
My question is : was that really true ? nsubj(is, question) ccomp(is, true) cop(true, was) nsubj(true, that) advmod(true, really)
This is to inform you of our decision nsubj(is, This) advcl(is, inform) aux(inform, to) dobj(inform, you) nmod(inform, decision) case(decision, of) poss(decision, our)
Predicative “be” is the only verb recognized as a copula; other copula-like verbs,such as “become”, “get”, and “seem”, are treated as regular raising verbs, and thus take xcomp arguments. Non-predicative uses of “be”–e.g., “be” when used in periphrastic verbal constructions, presentationals, or existentials–is annotated as an aux instead. of a cop.
Bill got rich nsubj(got, Bill) xcomp(got, rich)
Bill is speaking nsubj(speaking, Bill) aux(speaking, is)
Here are some bags advmod(are, Here) nsubj(are, bags) det(bags, some)
There 's a cow in the field expl('s, There) nsubj('s, cow) det(cow, a) nmod('s, field) det(field, the) case(field, in)
csubj: clausal subject
A clausal subject is a clausal syntactic subject of a clause, i.e., the subject is itself a clause. The governor of this relation might not always be a verb: when the verb is a copular verb, the root of the clause is the complement of the copular verb. In the two following examples, what she said is the subject.
What she said makes sense csubj(makes, said)
csubjpass: clausal passive subject
A clausal passive subject is a clausal syntactic subject of a passive clause. In the example below, that she lied is the subject.
That she lied was suspected by everyone csubjpass(suspected, lied)
A dependency is labeled as
dep when a system is unable to determine
a more precise dependency relation between two words. This may be
because of a weird grammatical construction, a limitation in the
Stanford Dependency conversion software, a parser error, or because of
an unresolved long distance dependency.
Then , as if to show that he could , ... dep(show, if)
A determiner is the relation between the head of an NP and its determiner.
The man is here det(man, The)
Which book do you prefer ? det(book, Which)
You 've all won ! nsubj(won, You) det(You, all) aux(won, 've)
A predeterminer is the relation between the head of an NP and a word that precedes and modifies the meaning of the NP determiner.
All the boys are here det:predet(boys, All)
discourse: discourse element
This is used for interjections and other discourse particles and elements (which are not clearly linked to the structure of the sentence, except in an expressive way). We generally follow the guidelines of what the Penn Treebanks count as an INTJ. They define this to include: interjections (oh, uh-huh, Welcome), fillers (um, ah), and discourse markers (well, like, actually, but not you know).
Iguazu is in Argentina :) discourse(is-2, :)-5)
dislocated: dislocated elements
dislocated relation is used for fronted or postposed elements
that do not fulfill the usual core grammatical relations of a
sentence. Dislocated elements are attached to the same governor as the dependent that they double for.
This is our office , me and Sam dislocated(office, me) cc(me, and) conj(me, Sam)
The Mezza Luna : you should try it . det(Luna-3, The-1) compound(Luna-3, Mezza-2) dislocated(it-8, Luna-3) nsubj(try-7, you-5) aux(try-7, should-6) root(root-0, try-7) dobj(try-7, it-8)
dobj: direct object
The direct object of a VP is the noun phrase which is the (accusative) object of the verb.
She gave me a raise dobj(gave, raise)
This relation captures an existential there or it in extraposition constructions. There is further discussion and examples on the universal dependency page (u-dep/expl).
There is a ghost in the room expl(is, There)
foreign: foreign words
foreign to label sequences of foreign words. These are given
a linear analysis: the head is the first token in the foreign phrase.
I guess that c' est la vie nsubj(guess-2, I-1) ccomp(guess-2, c'-4) mark(c'-4, that-3) foreign(c'-4, est-5) foreign(c'-4, la-6) foreign(c'-4, vie-7)
goeswith: goes with
This relation links two parts of a word that are separated in text that is not well edited. We follow the treebank: The GW part is the dependent and the head is in some sense the main part, often the second part.
They come here with out legal permission goeswith(out-5, with-4)
iobj: indirect object
The indirect object of a (verbal) predicate is the nominal which is the dative
object of the verb. The relation
iobj is used for objects that are not direct
objects. It occurs only when there is a
ccomp in the clause.
She gave me a raise iobj(gave, me)
Note that prepositional phrases are not considered core arguments in English, hence in she gave it to me, the to me part is attached as nmod although semantically it corresponds to the dative.
list relation is used for chains of comparable items. Web text often contains passages which are meant to be interpreted as lists but are parsed as single sentences. Email signatures in particular contain these structures, in the form of contact information: the different contact information items are labeled as
list; the key-value pair relations are labeled as appos.
In lists with more than two items, all items of the list shoud modify the first one.
Steve Jones Phone: 555-9814 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org name(Steve-1, Jones-2) list(Steve-1, Phone:-3) list(Steve-1, Email:-5) appos(Phone:-3, 555-9814-4) appos(Email:-5, email@example.com)
In an itemized or numbered list, we have been taking the item marker as a dependent of the head of the contentful list item. This appears to be better than the alternative.
A marker is the word introducing a clause subordinate to another clause. For a complement clause, this will typically be that or whether. For an adverbial clause, the marker is typically a preposition like before or a subordinating conjunction fulfilling a similar role like while or although. The mark is a dependent of the subordinate clause head.
Forces engaged in fighting after insurgents attacked mark(attacked, after)
He says that you like to swim mark(swim, that)
The infinitive marker to is analyzed as a
I tried to finish it mark(finish, to)
When a a noun or a verb takes a prepositionally marked non-core argument (modifier) and that modifier is a clause, then we also label that prepositon as
mark (as it would not seem reasonable to call it
case when it is marking a clause). The result will commonly be a doubly marked clause.
We have no useful information on whether users are at risk . nsubj(have, We) neg(information, no) amod(information, useful) dobj(have, information) mark(risk, on) mark(risk, whether) nsubj(risk, users) cop(risk, are) case(risk, at) acl(information, risk) punct(have, .)
mwe: multi-word expression
The multi-word expression (modifier) relation is used for certain fixed grammaticized expressions with function words that behave like a single function word. Multiword expressions are annotated in a flat, head-initial structure,
in which all words in the expression modify the first one using the
At present, this relation is used inside the following expressions:
I like dogs as well advmod(like, as) mwe(as, well)
as well as
I like dogs as well as cats mwe(as-4, well) mwe(as-4, as-6) cc(dogs, as-4)
I like fluffy animals , such as dogs case(dogs, such) mwe(such, as)
due to (and other forms, such as d t and d/t)
He cried due to the fact that you hurt him case(fact, due) mwe(due, to)
because of (and other forms, such as b c of and b/c of)
He cried because of you case(you, because) mwe(because, of)
John went instead of Mary mwe(instead, of) case(Mary, instead)
John left early instead of staying for the whole thing mwe(instead, of) mark(staying, instead)
I always back up my files in case my computer crashes mwe(in, case) mark(crashes, in)
I always back up my files just in case mwe(in, case) advmod(back, in) advmod(in, just)
in case of
I always back up my files in case of a crash mwe(in, case) mwe(in, of) case(crash, in)
I like dogs , of course advmod(like, of) mwe(of, course)
He cried so that you would feel bad mark(feel, so) mwe(so, that)
more than (when used synonymously with “over” in a quantity)
More than 90 percent advmod(percent, More) mwe(More, than)
less than (when used synonymously with “under” in a quantity)
Less than ten percent advmod(percent, Less) mwe(Less, than)
up to (when used in quantities)
Up to fifty percent mwe(Up, to) advmod(percent, Up)
According to John mwe(According, to) case(John, According)
He cried in order to make you feel bad mark(feel, in) mwe(in, order)
He cried in order that you might feel bad mark(feel, in) mwe(in, order)
He cried in order for you to have something to feel bad about mark(have, in) mwe(in, order)
I decided to get a dog rather than a cat mwe(rather, than) cc(rather, dog)
at least (when not used for quantities)
At least I like dogs mwe(At, least) advmod(like, At)
It was as if he cried to make you feel bad mwe(as, if) mark(cried, as)
John left prior to the meeting mwe(prior, to) case(meeting, prior)
As to whether I love dogs ... mwe(As, to) mark(love, As)
As to my love of dogs ... mwe(As, to) case(love, As)
I kind of like dogs mwe(kind, of) advmod(like, kind)
whether or not
He 's crying whether or not you feel bad about it mwe(whether, or) mwe(whether, not) mark(feel, whether)
not to mention
This restaurant is pretty cheap with good food, not to mention their friendly staff mwe(not, to) mwe(not, mention) cc(cheap, not) conj(staff, cheap)
as opposed to
John decided to leave early , as opposed to Mary mwe(as, opposed) mwe(as, to-9) case(Mary, as)
He could n't handle being hurt , let alone hurt by you mwe(let, alone) cc(hurt-6, alone) conj(hurt-6, hurt-10)
so as to
John left early so as to miss the meeting mwe(so, as) mwe(so, to) mark(so, miss)
John left in between meetings mwe(in, between) case(in, meetings)
John has all but left mwe(all, but) advmod(all, left)
The dogs need to be housebroken -- that is , '' potty - trained '' mwe(that, is) advmod(trained, that)
How come John left early ? mwe(How, come) mark(left, How)
had better (and ‘d better)
You had better apologize mwe(had, better) aux(had, apologize)
The following are not annotated as
mwes, but are instead labeled according to their apparent internal structure.
out of, off of (All double prepositions denoting spatial relations are annotated with two cases on the nominal)
Get out of there ! nmod(Get, there) case(there, out) case(there, of)
Get off of that ! nmod(Get, that) case(that, off) case(that, of)
Dogs are the best animal by far nmod(animal, far) case(far, by)
What about John ? nmod(What, John) case(John, about)
I don't like her at all nmod(like, all) case(all, at)
at most, at least (when used for quantities. To determine whether at least should be an
mwe or not in borderline cases, substitute it with at most; if the sentence remains grammatical, it should receive its surface analysis)
at most 50 percent nmod:npmod(percent, most) case(most, at)
at least 50 percent nmod:npmod(percent, least) case(least, at)
at best, at worst
At best , they were guesses nmod:npmod(guesses, best) case(best, At)
At worst , they were lies nmod:npmod(lies, worst) case(worst, At)
What if John left early ? advcl(What, left) mark(left, if)
So long , Ham 's ... you will be missed advmod(long, So) vocative(long, Ham) parataxis(long, missed)
name is one of the three relations for compounding in UD (together
with compound and mwe).
It is used for proper nouns constituted of multiple nominal
elements. For example,
name would be used between the words of
Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York, or Carl XVI Gustaf but not to
replace the usual relations in a phrasal or clausal name like The
king of Sweden or the novels The Lord of the Rings and Captured By
Words joined by
name should all be part of a minimal noun phrase;
otherwise regular syntactic relations should be used. This is
basically similar to the treatment of noun compounds with
compound, except that in many cases parts of the name may be
another nominal element such as an adjective (United Airlines).
In general, names are annotated in a flat, head-initial structure, in
which all words in the name modify the first one using the
Carl XVI Gustaf name(Carl-1, Gustaf-3) name(Carl-1, XVI-2)
For organization names with clear syntactic modification structure, the dependencies should reflect the syntactic modification structure using regular syntactic relation, as in:.
Natural Resources Conservation Service amod(Resources-2, Natural-1) compound(Conservation-3, Resources-2) compound(Service-4, Conservation-3)
In addition, regular syntactic relations are used: (i) for a modifying English determiner or (ii) to connect together the words of a description or name which involve English embedded prepositional phrases, sentences, etc.
The king of Sweden det(king-2, The-1) nmod(king-2, Sweden-4) case(Sweden-4, of-3)
If a name contains a function word in another language than English, we also use the
Río de la Plata name(Río-1, de-2) name(Río-1, la-3) name(Río-1, Plata-4)
Ludwig van Beethoven name(Ludwig, van) name(Ludwig, Beethoven)
Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra name(Miguel, de) name(Miguel, Cervantes) name(Miguel, y) name(Miguel, Saavedra)
San Francisco name(San, Francisco)
neg: negation modifier
The negation modifier is the relation between a negation word and the
word it modifies. It is used both for predicate negation (canonically, not) and nominal negation (canonically no). Dependents labeled
neg in the current treebank are the following (in various lowercase/uppercase forms): n, n’t, neither, never, no, non, not, nt, t.
Bill is not a scientist neg(scientist, not)
Bill does n't drive neg(drive, n't)
John saw no accidents neg(accidents, no)
nmod: nominal modifier
nmod relation is used for nominal modifiers of nouns or clausal
nmod is a noun functioning as a non-core (oblique)
argument or adjunct. In English,
nmod is used
- for prepositional complements (including datives and partitives):
the office of the Chair det(office-2, the-1) nmod(office-2, Chair-5) case(Chair-5, of-3) det(Chair-5, the-4)
give the toys to the children dobj(give, toys) nmod(give, children) case(children, to)
some of the toys nmod(some, toys) case(toys, of) det(toys, the)
nmod relation holds between the noun/predicate modified by the
prepositional complement and the noun introduced by the preposition.
- for ‘s genitives:
the Chair 's office det(Chair-2, the-1) nmod(office-4, Chair-2) case(Chair-2, 's-3)
Nominal modifiers not marked by a preposition or ‘s genitive
are tagged nmod:npmod, a subtype of
nmod. Temporal nominal
modifiers are also marked with a separate relation nmod:tmod. See
the definitions of these relations.
nmod:npmod: noun phrase as adverbial modifier
This relation is a subtype of the nmod relation, which captures the following cases where something syntactically a noun phrase is used as an adverbial modifier in a sentence:
(i) a measure phrase, which is the relation between the head of an adjectival/adverbial or prepositional phrase and the head of a measure phrase modifying it:
The director is 65 years old nmod:npmod(old, years)
6 feet long nmod:npmod(long, feet)
(ii) noun phrases giving an extent to a verb, which are not objects:
Shares eased a fraction nmod:npmod(eased, fraction)
(iii) financial constructions involving an adverbial, notably the following construction $5 a share, where the second nominal means “per share”:
IBM earned $ 5 a share nmod:npmod($, share)
(iv) floating reflexives
The silence is itself significant nmod:npmod(significant, itself)
and (v) certain other absolutive nominal constructions.
A temporal modifier nmod:tmod is a subclass of npmod which is distinguished as a separate relation.
nmod:poss: possessive nominal modifier
nmod:poss is used for a nominal modifier which occurs before its head in the specifier position used for ‘s possessives. It is marked with the
case ‘s or one of its variant forms. This relation isn’t used for other pre-head modifiers such as noun compounds or quotative phrases.
Marie 's book nmod:poss(book, Marie) case(Marie, 's)
nmod:tmod: temporal modifier
A temporal modifier is a subtype of the nmod relation: if the modifier is specifying a time, it is labeled as tmod.
Last night , I swam in the pool nmod:tmod(swam, night)
You need to turn in your homework by next week nmod:tmod(turn, week)
nsubj: nominal subject
A nominal subject (
nsubj) is a nominal which is the syntactic subject and the proto-agent of a clause.
That is, it is in the position that passes typical grammatical test for subjecthood, and this argument is the more agentive,
the do-er, or the proto-agent of the clause.
(See csubj for when the subject is clausal. See nsubjpass and csubjpass for when the subject is not
the proto-agent argument due to valence changing operations.) This nominal may be headed by a noun,
or it may be a pronoun or relative pronoun, or in ellipsis contexts, other things such as an adjective.
nsubj role is only applied to semantic arguments of a predicate.
When there is an empty argument in a grammatical subject position (sometimes called a pleonastic or expletive),
it is labeled as expl. If there is then a displaced subject
in the clause, as in the English existential there construction, it will be labeled as
The governor of the
nsubj relation might not always be a verb: when
the verb is a copular verb, the root of the clause is the complement
of the copular verb, which can be an adjective or noun, including a noun marked by a preposition,
as in the examples below.
In English, the
nsubj normally precedes the predicate that it depends on, but this need not be the case,
both for the displaced subjects of expletive constructions and in other cases of stylistic inversion, such
as the example headed by the predicate come below.
Clinton defeated Dole nsubj(defeated, Clinton)
The car is red . nsubj(red, car)
Sue is a true patriot . nsubj(patriot, Sue)
We are in the barn . nsubj(barn, We)
Agatha is in trouble . nsubj(trouble, Agatha)
There is a ghost in the room . expl(is, There) nsubj(is, ghost)
These links present the many viewpoints that existed . acl:relcl(viewpoints, existed) nsubj(existed, that)
From China comes news of a new super-small mobile phone . nsubj(comes, news)
nsubjpass: passive nominal subject
A passive nominal subject is a noun phrase which is the syntactic subject of a passive clause.
Dole was defeated by Clinton nsubjpass(defeated, Dole)
nummod: numeric modifier
A numeric modifier of a noun is any number phrase that serves to modify the meaning of the noun with a quantity.
Sam ate 3 sheep nummod(sheep, 3)
Sam spent forty dollars nummod(dollars, forty)
Sam spent $ 40 nummod($, 40)
The parataxis relation (from Greek for “place side by side”) is a relation between the main verb of a clause and other sentential elements, such as a sentential parenthetical, a clause after a “:” or a “;”, or two sentences placed side by side without any explicit coordination or subordination.
Let 's face it we 're annoyed parataxis(Let, annoyed)
When multiple parataxes are present in a single sentence, they get a flat structure, not a hierarchical one, even if they form a temporal sequence.
ROOT I 'm not kidding , I once lost a hamster in my house , three months later I walk down in the basement and it was as big as a rat . root(ROOT, kidding) parataxis(lost, kidding) parataxis(walk, kidding)
All else being equal, the leftmost phrase should be the head, but in rare situations the parataxis can go ``backwards’’:
The guy , John said , left early in the morning parataxis(left, said)
This is used for any piece of punctuation in a clause, if punctuation is being retained in the typed dependencies. By default, punctuation is not retained in the output.
Go home ! punct(Go, !)
remnant: remnant in ellipsis
remnant relation is used to provide a satisfactory treatment of ellipsis (in
the case of gapping and stripping, where a predicational or verbal
head gets elided) without having to postulate empty nodes in the basic representation. This is something that was lacking in earlier versions
of SD and provides a basis for being able to reconstruct dependencies
in the enhanced representation of SD.
USD adopts an analysis that notes that in ellipsis a
remnant corresponds to a correlate in a preceding clause. The
remnant relation connects each remnant to its correlate in the basic dependency representation. This is then a sufficient representation to reconstruct the predicate-argument structure in the enhanced representation.
Marie went to Paris and Miriam to Prague nsubj(went-2, Marie-1) root(root-0, went-2) nmod(went-2, Paris-4) case(Paris-4, to-3) cc(went-2, and-5) remnant(Marie-1, Miriam-6) case(Prague-8, to-7) remnant(Paris-4, Prague-8)
Even in the more complex example below, the
relations enable us to correctly retrieve the subjects and objects in
the clauses with an elided verb.
John won bronze , Mary silver , and Sandy gold nsubj(won-2, John-1) dobj(won-2, bronze-3) remnant(John-1, Mary-5) remnant(Mary-5, Sandy-9) remnant(bronze-3, silver-6) remnant(silver-6, gold-10)
Note in particular that (unlike for conj),
remnant uses a chaining analysis where each subsequent remnant depends on the immediately preceding remnant/correlate. The reason for this is that otherwise in a sentence with 2 or more chained ellipses the dependency structure would no longer track which remnants go together. It would become impossible to determine whether Mary won silver and Sandy gold, or Mary won gold and Sandy silver.
Instances of stripping typically occur when there is only one argument in the second clause, but with an accompanying adverbial modifier such as not or only. We model these sentences with the remnant relation as well.
Marie went to Paris , not Miriam nsubj(went-2, Marie-1) root(root-0, went-2) nmod(went-2, Paris-4) case(Paris-4, to-3) remnant(Marie-1, Miriam-7) neg(Miriam-7, not-6)
Marie did go to Europe , but only to Paris . nsubj(go-3, Marie-1) aux(go-3, did-2) root(root-0, go-3) case(Europe-5, to-4) nmod(go-3, Europe-5) cc(go-3, but-7) advmod(Paris-10, only-8) case(Paris-10, to-9) remnant(Europe-5, Paris-10)
Sometimes in these constructions adverbials will be “sprouted”, and have no correlate in the precedeing clause. In such a situation, the adverbial should attach to one of the remnants; in principle it shouldn’t matter which remnant it attaches to, since all remnants at a particular depth of embedding point back to the same semantic event (which the adverbial is a part of). However, to enforce a regular system, the adverbial should depend on the nearest leftmost dependent.
Mary will come today and Tom tomorrow , if he finds a ticket . nsubj(come-3, Mary-1) aux(come-3, will-2) root(root-0, come-3) advmod(come-3, today-4) cc(come-3, and-5) remnant(Mary-1, Tom-6) remnant(today-4, tomorrow-7) mark(finds-11, if-9) nsubj(finds-11, he-10) advcl(tomorrow-7, finds-11) det(ticket-13, a-12) dobj(finds-11, ticket-13)
Mary will come today and , if he finds a ticket , Tom tomorrow . nsubj(come-3, Mary-1) aux(come-3, will-2) root(root-0, come-3) advmod(come-3, today-4) cc(come-3, and-5) mark(finds-9, if-7) nsubj(finds-9, he-8) advcl(Tom-13, finds-9) det(ticket-11, a-10) dobj(finds-9, ticket-11) remnant(Mary-1, Tom-13) remnant(today-4, tomorrow-14)
remnant relation is used when no predicational material is present. In contrast, in right-node-raising (RNR) and VP-ellipsis constructions in which some kind of predicational or verbal material is still present, the
remnant relation is not used. In RNR, the verbs are coordinated and the object is a dobj of the first verb:
John bought and ate an apple nsubj(bought-2, John-1) cc(bought-2, and-3) conj(bought-2, ate-4) det(apple-6, an-5) dobj(bought-2, apple-6)
In VP-ellipsis, we keep the auxiliary as the head, as shown below:
John will win gold and Mary will too nsubj(win-3, John-1) aux(win-3, will-2) dobj(win-3, gold-4) cc(win-3, and-5) conj(win-3, will-7) nsubj(will-7, Mary-6) advmod(will-7, too-8)
reparandum: overridden disfluency
reparandum to indicate disfluencies overridden in a speech
repair. The disfluency is the dependent of the repair.
Go to the righ- to the left . nmod(Go-1, left-7) reparandum(left-7, righ-) case(righ-, to-2) det(righ-, the-3) case(left-7, to-5) det(left-7, the-6)
root grammatical relation points to the root of the sentence. A fake node “ROOT” is used as the governor. The ROOT node is indexed with “0”, since the indexation of real words in the sentence starts at 1.
ROOT I love French fries . root(ROOT, love)
ROOT Bill is an honest man root(ROOT, man)
vocative relation is used to mark dialogue participant addressed
in text (common in emails and newsgroup postings). The relation links
the addressee’s name to its host sentence.
Guys , take it easy! vocative(take, Guys)
xcomp: open clausal complement
An open clausal complement (
xcomp) of a verb or an adjective is a predicative or clausal complement without its own subject. The reference of the subject is necessarily determined by an argument external to the xcomp (normally by the object of the next higher clause, if there is one, or else by the subject of the next higher clause. These complements are always non-finite, and they are complements (arguments of the higher verb or adjective) rather than adjuncts/modifiers, such as a purpose clause. The name
xcomp is borrowed from Lexical-Functional Grammar.
He says that you like to swim xcomp(like, swim)
Sue asked George to respond to her offer xcomp(asked, respond)
I consider him a fool xcomp(consider, fool)
I consider him honest xcomp(consider, honest)
She looks very beautiful xcomp(looks, beautiful)