Paper: Multi-class Animacy Classification with Semantic Features

ACL ID E14-3008
Title Multi-class Animacy Classification with Semantic Features
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014

Animacy is the semantic property of nouns denoting whether an entity can act, or is perceived as acting, of its own will. This property is marked grammatically in var- ious languages, albeit rarely in English. It has recently been highlighted as a rele- vant property for NLP applications such as parsing and anaphora resolution. In order for animacy to be used in conjunction with other semantic features for such applica- tions, appropriate data is necessary. How- ever, the few corpora which do contain animacy annotation, rarely contain much other semantic information. The addition of such an annotation layer to a corpus al- ready containing deep semantic annotation should therefore be of particular interest. The work presented in this paper contains three main contributions. Firstly, we im-...