Paper: Reusing An Ontology To Generate Numeral Classifiers

ACL ID C00-1014
Title Reusing An Ontology To Generate Numeral Classifiers
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2000

In this paper, we present a solution to the prob- lem of generating Japanese nmneral classifiers us- ing semantic classes from an ontology. Most nouns must take a numeral classifier when they are quan- tiffed in languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Ko- rean, Malay and Thai. In order to select an appro- priate classifier, we propose an algorithm which as- sociates classifiers with semantic classes and uses inheritance to list only those classifiers which have to be listed. It generates sortal classifiers with au ac- curacy of 81%. We reuse the ontology provided by Goi-Taikei -- a Japanese lexicon, and show that it is a reasonable choice for this task, requiring infor- mation to be entered for less than 6% of individual nouns.