Paper: Metaphor Identification as Interpretation

ACL ID S13-1040
Title Metaphor Identification as Interpretation
Venue Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics
Year 2013

Automatic metaphor identification and inter- pretation in text have been traditionally con- sidered as two separate tasks in natural lan- guage processing (NLP) and addressed in- dividually within computational frameworks. However, cognitive evidence suggests that hu- mans are likely to perform these two tasks si- multaneously, as part of a holistic metaphor comprehension process. We present a novel method that performs metaphor identification through its interpretation, being the first one in NLP to combine the two tasks in one step. It outperforms the previous approaches to metaphor identification both in terms of ac- curacy and coverage, as well as providing an interpretation for each identified expression.