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I suspect not, and I'm being dumb, but ...

Usain ran quickest.

is parsed (https://corenlp.run) as

NNP VBZ JJS. 

Why JJS (Adjective, superlative) and not RBS (Adverb, superlative)?

Using extended dependencies I get

dep: advmod, 
dependentGloss: quickest, 
governorGloss: ran

yet the manual (https://nlp.stanford.edu/software/dependencies_manual.pdf) says

An adverb modifier of a word is a (non-clausal) adverb or adverb-headed phrase that serves to modify the meaning of the word

Would be very grateful for an explanation of where I'm going wrong.

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  • "Quickest" is an adverb here. The adverb "quick" is formed by conversion from the adjective "quick", and then the inflections are added to give "quicker and "quickest", both adverbs.
    – BillJ
    Jun 4 '19 at 8:30
  • @BillJ So you're agreeing that the parser is wrong here? Any idea how general a problem this is?
    – havlock
    Jun 4 '19 at 10:17
  • I can't comment on anything other than the fact that in your particular example, "quickest" is an adverb, not an adjective.
    – BillJ
    Jun 4 '19 at 10:46

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