Paper: Automatic Interpretation of the English Possessive

ACL ID P13-1037
Title Automatic Interpretation of the English Possessive
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013

The English ?s possessive construction oc- curs frequently in text and can encode several different semantic relations; how- ever, it has received limited attention from the computational linguistics community. This paper describes the creation of a se- mantic relation inventory covering the use of ?s, an inter-annotator agreement study to calculate how well humans can agree on the relations, a large collection of pos- sessives annotated according to the rela- tions, and an accurate automatic annota- tion system for labeling new examples. Our 21,938 example dataset is by far the largest annotated possessives dataset we are aware of, and both our automatic clas- sification system, which achieves 87.4% accuracy in our classification experiment, and our annotation data are publicly avail- abl...