Paper: Using An Ontology To Determine English Countability

ACL ID C02-1052
Title Using An Ontology To Determine English Countability
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2002
Authors

In this paper we show to what degree the count- ability of English nouns is predictable from their semantics. We found that at 78% of nouns’ countability could be predicted using an ontol- ogy of 2,710 nodes. We also show how this predictability can be used to aid non-native speakers to determine the countability of En- glish nouns when building a bilingual machine translation lexicon.