Paper: Annotating Argument Components and Relations in Persuasive Essays

ACL ID C14-1142
Title Annotating Argument Components and Relations in Persuasive Essays
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

In this paper, we present a novel approach to model arguments, their components and relations in persuasive essays in English. We propose an annotation scheme that includes the annotation of claims and premises as well as support and attack relations for capturing the structure of argu- mentative discourse. We further conduct a manual annotation study with three annotators on 90 persuasive essays. The obtained inter-rater agreement of ? U = 0.72 for argument components and ? = 0.81 for argumentative relations indicates that the proposed annotation scheme success- fully guides annotators to substantial agreement. The final corpus and the annotation guidelines are freely available to encourage future research in argument recognition.