Paper: First Order vs. Higher Order Modification in Distributional Semantics

ACL ID D12-1112
Title First Order vs. Higher Order Modification in Distributional Semantics
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012
Authors

Adjectival modification, particularly by ex- pressions that have been treated as higher- order modifiers in the formal semantics tradi- tion, raises interesting challenges for semantic composition in distributional semantic mod- els. We contrast three types of adjectival mod- ifiers ? intersectively used color terms (as in white towel, clearly first-order), subsectively used color terms (white wine, which have been modeled as both first- and higher-order), and intensional adjectives (former bassist, clearly higher-order) ? and test the ability of different composition strategies to model their behav- ior. In addition to opening up a new empir- ical domain for research on distributional se- mantics, our observations concerning the at- tested vectors for the different types of adjec- tives, ...