Adjective Categories

This page provides documentation for extra information about adjectives. In Princeton Wordnet and derivatives (such as the Open English Wordnet), an adjective may be annotated with a syntactic marker indicating a limitation on the syntactic position the adjective may have in relation to noun that it modifies. Information on possible adjective positions is stored in the adjposition attribute instead of as part of the lemma.

Adjposition Classes and Examples
Class Name Explanation Example
a attributive prenominal (attributive) position own259 all247 a few138 much137 no135 more134 certain131 some130 several112 last109 most76 little71 more67 each64 present60 every57 latter52 another51 any47 less39 various36 main33 special30 following30 most26
p predicative position only after a copula aware40 afraid29 alone26 over21 pursuant19 same17 certain16 left14 alive14 worth13 used to13 several10 convinced10 responsible for9 awake9 asleep9 worth8 depending on8 certain8 better8 tired of7 on the job7 obliged7 in for6 conscious6
ip immediately postnominal position proper2 regardant1 downward1 volant0 statant0 salient0 regent0 redux0 rampant0 passant0 minor0 major0 in-chief0 immemorial0 guardant0 gardant0 galore0 galore0 flighted0 extraordinaire0 elect0 dormant0 designate0 couchant0 centigrade0

The original documentation for adjectives attributes in the Princeton Wordnet is here, in the section on Special Adjective Syntax.

In the Python wn module (0.9.3) this information is accessed as follows:

>>> import wn
>>> ewn = wn.Wordnet('omw-en:1.4')
>>> ewn.senses('adrift')[0]
>>> ewn.senses('adrift')[0].adjposition()

See the api documentation for adjposition.

Maintainer: Francis Bond
Contributors: Francis Bond, Luís Morgado da Costa, Michael Goodman and all the wordnet projects.

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