Paper: Computational considerations of comparisons and similes

ACL ID P13-3013
Title Computational considerations of comparisons and similes
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Student Session
Year 2013
Authors

This paper presents work in progress to- wards automatic recognition and classifi- cation of comparisons and similes. Among possible applications, we discuss the place of this task in text simplifica- tion for readers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), who are known to have deficits in comprehending figurative lan- guage. We propose an approach to comparison recognition through the use of syntactic patterns. Keeping in mind the require- ments of autistic readers, we discuss the properties relevant for distinguishing se- mantic criteria like figurativeness and ab- stractness.