Paper: Encoding And Acquiring Meanings For Figurative Phrases

ACL ID P86-1017
Title Encoding And Acquiring Meanings For Figurative Phrases
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986

1.1 The Task Domain Here we address the problem of mapping phrase meanings into their conceptual representations. Figurative phrases are pervasive in human communication, yet they are difficult to explain theoretically. In fact, the ability to handle idiosyncrat- ic behavior of phrases should be a criterion for any theory of lexical representation. Due to the huge number of such phrases in the English language, phrase representation must be amenable to parsing, generation, and also to learning. In this paper we demonstrate a semantic representation which facili- tates, for a wide variety of phrases, both learning and parsing.