Paper: Universal Conceptual Cognitive Annotation (UCCA)

ACL ID P13-1023
Title Universal Conceptual Cognitive Annotation (UCCA)
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013

Syntactic structures, by their nature, re- flect first and foremost the formal con- structions used for expressing meanings. This renders them sensitive to formal vari- ation both within and across languages, and limits their value to semantic ap- plications. We present UCCA, a novel multi-layered framework for semantic rep- resentation that aims to accommodate the semantic distinctions expressed through linguistic utterances. We demonstrate UCCA?s portability across domains and languages, and its relative insensitivity to meaning-preserving syntactic variation. We also show that UCCA can be ef- fectively and quickly learned by annota-