Paper: Identifying Subjective Characters In Narrative

ACL ID C90-2069
Title Identifying Subjective Characters In Narrative
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990
Authors

Part of understanding fictional narrative text is determining for each sentence whether it takes some character's point of view and, if it does, identifying the character whose point of view is taken. This paper presents part of an algorithm for perfomling the latter. When faced with a sentence that takes a character's point of view, the reader has to decide whether that character is a previ- ously mentioned character or one mentioned in the sentence. We give particular consideration to sen- tences about private states, such as seeing and wanting, for which both possibilities exist. Our algorithm is based on regularities in the ways that texts initiate, continue, and resume a character's point of view, found during extensive examina- tions of published novels and short stories.