Paper: The Role of Adverbs in Sentiment Analysis

ACL ID W14-3010
Title The Role of Adverbs in Sentiment Analysis
Venue Frame Semantics in NLP: A Workshop in Honor of Chuck Fillmore (1929-2014)
Year 2014

Sentiment Analysis, an important area of Natural Language Understanding, often relies on the assumption that lexemes carry inherent sentiment values, as reflected in specialized resources. We examine and measure the contribution that eight intensi- fying adverbs make to the sentiment value of sentences, as judged by human anno- tators. Our results show, first, that the intensifying adverbs are not themselves sentiment-laden but strengthen the senti- ment conveyed by words in their contexts to different degrees. We consider the con- sequences for appropriate modifications of the representation of the adverbs in senti- ment lexicons.