Paper: Brighter than Gold: Figurative Language in User Generated Comparisons

ACL ID D14-1215
Title Brighter than Gold: Figurative Language in User Generated Comparisons
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

Comparisons are common linguistic de- vices used to indicate the likeness of two things. Often, this likeness is not meant in the literal sense?for example, ?I slept like a log? does not imply that logs ac- tually sleep. In this paper we propose a computational study of figurative compar- isons, or similes. Our starting point is a new large dataset of comparisons extracted from product reviews and annotated for figurativeness. We use this dataset to char- acterize figurative language in naturally occurring comparisons and reveal linguis- tic patterns indicative of this phenomenon. We operationalize these insights and ap- ply them to a new task with high relevance to text understanding: distinguishing be- tween figurative and literal comparisons. Finally, we apply this framework to ex- plor...