Paper: Linguistic Cues for Distinguishing Literal and Non-Literal Usages

ACL ID C10-2078
Title Linguistic Cues for Distinguishing Literal and Non-Literal Usages
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2010
Authors

We investigate the effectiveness of differ- ent linguistic cues for distinguishing lit- eral and non-literal usages of potentially idiomatic expressions. We focus specif- ically on features that generalize across different target expressions. While id- ioms on the whole are frequent, instances of each particular expression can be rela- tively infrequent and it will often not be feasible to extract and annotate a suffi- cient number of examples for each expres- sion one might want to disambiguate. We experimented with a number of different features and found that features encoding lexical cohesion as well as some syntac- tic features can generalize well across id- ioms.