PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Linguistic Cues for Distinguishing Literal and Non-Literal Usage
Linlin Li and Caroline Sporleder
In: Coling 2010, 23-27 August 2010, Beijing.


We investigate the effectiveness of different linguistic cues for distinguishing literal and non-literal usages of potentially idiomatic expressions. We focus specifically on features that generalize across different target expressions. While idioms on the whole are frequent, instances of each particular expression can be relatively infrequent and it will often not be feasible to extract and annotate a sufficient number of examples for each expression one might want to disambiguate. We experimented with a number of different features and found that features encoding lexical cohesion as well as some syntactic features can generalize well across idioms.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Natural Language Processing
ID Code:7111
Deposited By:Caroline Sporleder
Deposited On:04 March 2011