Calculability of the Semantics of English Nominal Compounds: Combining General Linguistic Rules and Corpus-based Semantic Information

Cécile Fabre 1 Pascale Sébillot 1
1 REPCO - Knowledge Representation
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, INRIA Rennes
Abstract : Our project focuses on the calculability of the semantics of nominal compounds. Our goal is to design a general model, based on domain-free lexical information, in order to exhibit and implement the principles of nominal compound interpretation. This model is based upon a precise semantic characterization of nominal constituents, which relates nouns to the predicative information that must be identified to retrieve the underlying relation of the compound. The predicate is deduced from the morpho-syntactic and semantic features of the nouns and its argument structure is used to characterize the roles of each constituent. We describe our model of interpretation of English compounds and evaluate it from the results of a program that implements this general framework. We suggest solutions to enrich this model and to adapt it to the characteristics of the compounds of a specialized corpus through the extraction of specific semantic information.
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Cécile Fabre, Pascale Sébillot. Calculability of the Semantics of English Nominal Compounds: Combining General Linguistic Rules and Corpus-based Semantic Information. [Research Report] RR-2742, INRIA. 1995. ⟨inria-00073951⟩

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