Verb Argument Browser - investigating argument structure of verbs

magyar változat
… similar questions can be answered using the Verb Argument Browser. This tool reveals the typical usages of verbs in terms of how nouns (or adjectives) are collocated with verbs as certain dependents. You can find out what typical words may appear beside a given verb as a certain dependent (characterized by Hungarian case endings or postpositions), whether it is an argument, a free abverbial or a word that constitutes an idiomatic expression together with the verb. Almost all of our utterances consist of a verb and its dependents, many linguistic phenomena can be captured through verbs and dependents. Frequency relationships of various constructions can be studied, as well as the valency of nouns, adjectives and preverbs.

Log in to the query interface of the VAB.

It can be used … The corpus behind the tool is the 187 million word Hungarian National Corpus (first version).
It is freely available after a combined registration (for VAB and HNC together). Log in to the query interface of the VAB.

Basically, the tool is created for investigating the Hungarian language, but using an appropriate corpus the technology can be applied to other languages as well. English examples above are just for better clarity.

More detailed information: a paper and a presentation.

Please, inform us about your research using our tool and refer to the VAB as:
Sass, Bálint: The Verb Argument Browser. In: Sojka, P. et al. (eds.): Proceedings of TSD 2008, Brno, Czech Republic, 2008, LNCS 5246, 187-192,

Have a look at the new corpus query interface of the expanded Hungarian National Corpus as well.

v0.7.1 – 2009.02.12.
Made by, suggestions to Bálint Sass
HAS Research Institute for Linguistics Dept. of Human Language Technology, 2006–2009.