Paper: Exploiting Readymades in Linguistic Creativity: A System Demonstration of the Jigsaw Bard

ACL ID P11-4003
Title Exploiting Readymades in Linguistic Creativity: A System Demonstration of the Jigsaw Bard
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session System Demonstration
Year 2011
Authors

Large lexical resources, such as corpora and databases of Web ngrams, are a rich source of pre-fabricated phrases that can be reused in many different contexts. How- ever, one must be careful in how these re- sources are used, and noted writers such as George Orwell have argued that the use of canned phrases encourages sloppy thinking and results in poor communication. None- theless, while Orwell prized home-made phrases over the readymade variety, there is a vibrant movement in modern art which shifts artistic creation from the production of novel artifacts to the clever reuse of readymades or objets trouvés. We describe here a system that makes creative reuse of the linguistic readymades in the Google ngrams. Our system, the Jigsaw Bard, thus owes more to Marcel Duchamp than to George O...