Paper: A Semantic Tool for Historical Events

ACL ID W13-1205
Title A Semantic Tool for Historical Events
Venue Workshop on Events: Definition, Detection, Coreference, and Representation
Year 2013

I present a set of functional requirements for a speculative tool informing users about events in historical discourse, in order to demonstrate what these requirements imply about how we should define and represent historical events. The functions include individuation, selection, and contextualization of events. I conclude that a tool providing these functions would need events to be defined and represented as features of discourses about the world rather than objectively existing things in the world.