Paper: Extracting aspects of determiner meaning from dialogue in a virtual world environment

ACL ID W11-0126
Title Extracting aspects of determiner meaning from dialogue in a virtual world environment
Venue IWCS
Session Main Conference
Year 2011
Authors

We use data from a virtual world game for automated learning of words and grammatical con- structions and their meanings. The language data are an integral part of the social interaction in the game and consist of chat dialogue, which is only constrained by the cultural context, as set by the nature of the provided virtual environment. Building on previous work, where we extracted a vocab- ulary for concrete objects in the game by making use of the non-linguistic context, we now target NP/DP grammar, in particular determiners. We assume that we have captured the meanings of a set of determiners if we can predict which determiner will be used in a particular context. To this end we train a classifier that predicts the choice of a determiner on the basis of features from the linguistic and n...