Paper: Creative Language Retrieval: A Robust Hybrid of Information Retrieval and Linguistic Creativity

ACL ID P11-1029
Title Creative Language Retrieval: A Robust Hybrid of Information Retrieval and Linguistic Creativity
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2011
Authors

Information retrieval (IR) and figurative language processing (FLP) could scarcely be more different in their treatment of lan- guage and meaning. IR views language as an open-ended set of mostly stable signs with which texts can be indexed and re- trieved, focusing more on a text’s potential relevance than its potential meaning. In contrast, FLP views language as a system of unstable signs that can be used to talk about the world in creative new ways. There is another key difference: IR is prac- tical, scalable and robust, and in daily use by millions of casual users. FLP is neither scalable nor robust, and not yet practical enough to migrate beyond the lab. This pa- per thus presents a mutually beneficial hy- brid of IR and FLP, one that enriches IR with new operators to enable the non...