Paper: Metaphor - A Key To Extensible Semantic Analysis

ACL ID P80-1004
Title Metaphor - A Key To Extensible Semantic Analysis
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980

Interpreting metaphors is an integral and inescapable process in human understanding of natural language. This paper discusses a method of analyzing metaphors based on the existence of a small number of generalized metaphor mappings. Each generalized metaphor contains a recognition network, a basic mapping, additional transfer mappings, and an implicit intention component. It is argued that the method reduces metaphor interpretation from a reconstruction to a recognition task. Implications towards automating certain aspects of language learning are also discussed, t 1. An Opening Argument A dream of many computational linguists is to produce a natural language analyzer that tries its best to process language that "almost but not quite" corresponds to the system's grammar, dictionary and se...