Paper: Empirical Evaluations of Animacy Annotation

ACL ID E09-1072
Title Empirical Evaluations of Animacy Annotation
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2009

This article presents empirical evaluations of aspects of annotation for the linguis- tic property of animacy in Swedish, rang- ing from manual human annotation, auto- matic classification and, finally, an exter- nal evaluation in the task of syntactic pars- ing. We show that a treatment of animacy as a lexical semantic property of noun types enables generalization over distri- butional properties of these nouns which proves beneficial in automatic classifica- tion and furthermore gives significant im- provements in terms of parsing accuracy for Swedish, compared to a state-of-the- art baseline parser with gold standard ani- macy information.