Paper: A Tradeoff Between Compositionality And Complexity In The Semantics Of Dimensional Adjectives

ACL ID E93-1041
Title A Tradeoff Between Compositionality And Complexity In The Semantics Of Dimensional Adjectives
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993
Authors

Linguistic access to uncertain quantita- tive knowledge about physical properties is provided by dimensional adjectives, e.g. long-short in the spatial and tempo- ral senses, near-far, fast-slow, etc. Seman- tic analyses of the dimensional adjectives differ on whether the meaning of the dif- ferential comparative (6 cm shorter than) and the equative with factor term (three times as long as) is a compositional func- tion of the meanings the difference and fac- tor terms (6 cm and three times) and the meanings of the simple comparative and equative, respectively. The compositional treatment comes at the price of a meaning representation that some authors ([Pinkal, 1990], [Klein, 1991]) find objectionally un- parsimonious. In this paper, I compare semantic approaches by investigating the comp...