Paper: A Fluid Knowledge Representation for Understanding and Generating Creative Metaphors

ACL ID C08-1119
Title A Fluid Knowledge Representation for Understanding and Generating Creative Metaphors
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

Creative metaphor is a phenomenon that stretches and bends the conventions of se- mantic description, often to humorous and poetic extremes. The computational mod- eling of metaphor thus requires a knowl- edge representation that is just as stretch- able and semantically accommodating. We present here a flexible knowledge repre- sentation for metaphor interpretation and generation, called Talking Points, and de- scribe how talking points can be acquired on a large scale from WordNet (Fellbaum, 1998) and from the web. We show how talking points can be fluidly connected to form a slipnet, and demonstrate that talk- ing points provide an especially concise representation for concepts in general.