Paper: The Prevalence of Descriptive Referring Expressions in News and Narrative

ACL ID P10-2010
Title The Prevalence of Descriptive Referring Expressions in News and Narrative
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Short Paper
Year 2010
Authors

Generating referring expressions is a key step in Natural Language Generation. Re- searchers have focused almost exclusively on generating distinctive referring expres- sions, that is, referring expressions that uniquely identify their intended referent. While undoubtedly one of their most im- portant functions, referring expressions can be more than distinctive. In particular, descriptive referring expressions – those that provide additional information not re- quired for distinction – are critical to flu- ent, efficient, well-written text. We present a corpus analysis in which approximately one-fifth of 7,207 referring expressions in 24,422 words of news and narrative are de- scriptive. These data show that if we are ever to fully master natural language gen- eration, especially for ...