Paper: Studying the Semantic Context of two Dutch Causal Connectives

ACL ID W14-0704
Title Studying the Semantic Context of two Dutch Causal Connectives
Venue Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language
Session
Year 2014
Authors

We aim to study the difference of usage between two causal connectives in their semantic context. We present an ongo- ing study of two Dutch backward causal connectives omdat and want. Previous lin- guistic research has shown that causal con- structions with want are more subjective and often express an opinion. Our hy- pothesis is that the left and right context surrounding the connectives are more se- mantically similar in sentences with om- dat than sentences with want. To test this hypothesis we apply two techniques, La- tent Semantic Analysis and n-gram over- lap. We show that both methods indeed in- dicate a substantial difference between the two connectives but opposite to what we had expected.