Paper: Studying the Recursive Behaviour of Adjectival Modification with Compositional Distributional Semantics

ACL ID D13-1015
Title Studying the Recursive Behaviour of Adjectival Modification with Compositional Distributional Semantics
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2013
Authors

In this study, we use compositional distribu- tional semantic methods to investigate restric- tions in adjective ordering. Specifically, we focus on properties distinguishing Adjective- Adjective-Noun phrases in which there is flex- ibility in the adjective ordering from those bound to a rigid order. We explore a number of measures extracted from the distributional representation of AAN phrases which may in- dicate a word order restriction. We find that we are able to distinguish the relevant classes and the correct order based primarily on the degree of modification of the adjectives. Our results offer fresh insight into the semantic properties that determine adjective ordering, building a bridge between syntax and distri- butional semantics.