PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Generalized event knowledge in logical metonymy resolution
Alessandra Zarcone and Sebastian Pado
In: Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA, USA(2011).


The interpretation of logical metonymies like "begin the book" has traditionally been explained by assuming the existence of complex lexical entries containing information about event knowledge (qualia roles: "reading the book/writing the book"). Qualia structure provides concrete constraints on interpretation, which are however too rigid to be cognitively plausible. We suggest "generalized event knowledge" as an alternative source of interpretation. Results from a first self-paced reading experiment, where we capitalize on the verb-final word order in German subordinate phrases to create rich expectations for events, are presented to support this hypothesis. Consequences of this hypothesis for the interpretation logical metonymies are (a), it is primarily driven by pragmatic and world knowledge; (b), it may use the same (rather than distinct) mechanisms and resources as general incremental sentence comprehension does.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Natural Language Processing
ID Code:8484
Deposited By:Sebastian Pado
Deposited On:16 February 2012