Paper: Connotation Lexicon: A Dash of Sentiment Beneath the Surface Meaning

ACL ID P13-1174
Title Connotation Lexicon: A Dash of Sentiment Beneath the Surface Meaning
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2013
Authors

Understanding the connotation of words plays an important role in interpreting sub- tle shades of sentiment beyond denotative or surface meaning of text, as seemingly objective statements often allude nuanced sentiment of the writer, and even purpose- fully conjure emotion from the readers? minds. The focus of this paper is draw- ing nuanced, connotative sentiments from even those words that are objective on the surface, such as ?intelligence?, ?human?, and ?cheesecake?. We propose induction algorithms encoding a diverse set of lin- guistic insights (semantic prosody, distri- butional similarity, semantic parallelism of coordination) and prior knowledge drawn from lexical resources, resulting in the first broad-coverage connotation lexicon.