Paper: Dead parrots make bad pets: Exploring modifier effects in noun phrases

ACL ID S14-1021
Title Dead parrots make bad pets: Exploring modifier effects in noun phrases
Venue Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics
Session
Year 2014
Authors

Sometimes modifiers have a strong effect on core aspects of the meaning of the nouns they are attached to: A parrot is a desirable pet, but a dead parrot is, at the very least, a rather unusual household companion. In order to stimulate compu- tational research into the impact of mod- ification on phrase meaning, we collected and made available a large dataset contain- ing subject ratings for a variety of noun phrases and the categories they might be- long to. We propose to use compositional distributional semantics to model these data, experimenting with numerous distri- butional semantic spaces, phrase compo- sition methods and asymmetric similarity measures. Our models capture a statis- tically significant portion of the data, al- though much work is still needed before we achieve a ful...