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Cohesive Links with Literal and Idiomatic Expressions in Discourse: An Empirical and Computational Study
Caroline Sporleder, Linlin Li and Alexis Palmer
In: MAD 2010, 17-20 March 2010, Moissac, France.

Abstract

Lexical cohesion is an important device for signalling text organisation. In this paper, we investigate to what extent idiomatic expressions participate in the cohesive structure of a text. We look at the problem both from an empirical and a computational perspective. Our results show that both literal and nonliteral expressions exhibit cohesion with their context, though the latter tend to do so to a lesser extent. We also show that cohesive links identified by humans can be approximated by an automatically computable semantic relatedness measure based on search engine page counts.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Natural Language Processing
ID Code:7118
Deposited By:Caroline Sporleder
Deposited On:04 March 2011