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Automatic Disambiguation of English Puns

Miller, Tristan and Gurevych, Iryna (2015):
Automatic Disambiguation of English Puns.
In: Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2015), [Online-Edition: http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P15/P15-1070.pdf],
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Abstract

Traditional approaches to word sense disambiguation (WSD) rest on the assumption that there exists a single, unambiguous communicative intention underlying every word in a document. However, writers sometimes intend for a word to be interpreted as simultaneously carrying multiple distinct meanings. This deliberate use of lexical ambiguity---i.e., punning---is a particularly common source of humour. In this paper we describe how traditional, language-agnostic WSD approaches can be adapted to "disambiguate" puns, or rather to identify their double meanings. We evaluate several such approaches on a manually sense-annotated corpus of English puns and observe performance exceeding that of some knowledge-based and supervised baselines.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Miller, Tristan and Gurevych, Iryna
Title: Automatic Disambiguation of English Puns
Language: English
Abstract:

Traditional approaches to word sense disambiguation (WSD) rest on the assumption that there exists a single, unambiguous communicative intention underlying every word in a document. However, writers sometimes intend for a word to be interpreted as simultaneously carrying multiple distinct meanings. This deliberate use of lexical ambiguity---i.e., punning---is a particularly common source of humour. In this paper we describe how traditional, language-agnostic WSD approaches can be adapted to "disambiguate" puns, or rather to identify their double meanings. We evaluate several such approaches on a manually sense-annotated corpus of English puns and observe performance exceeding that of some knowledge-based and supervised baselines.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2015)
Uncontrolled Keywords: UKP_reviewed;reviewed
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing
DFG-Graduiertenkollegs
DFG-Graduiertenkollegs > Research Training Group 1994 Adaptive Preparation of Information from Heterogeneous Sources
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2016 14:29
Official URL: http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P15/P15-1070.pdf
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2015-0078
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