Paper: A Concept-Centered Approach to Noun-Compound Interpretation

ACL ID C08-1011
Title A Concept-Centered Approach to Noun-Compound Interpretation
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008

A noun-compound is a compressed proposition that requires an audience to recover the implicit relationship between two concepts that are expressed as nouns. Listeners recover this relationship by considering the most typical relations afforded by each concept. These relational possibilities are evident at a linguistic level in the syntagmatic patterns that connect nouns to the verbal actions that act upon, or are facilitated by, these nouns. We present a model of noun-compound interpretation that first learns the relational possibilities for individual nouns from corpora, and which then uses these to hypothesize about the most likely relationship that underpins a noun compound.