Determinants of Adjective-Noun Plausibility

Maria Lapata, Scott McDonald, Frank Keller

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Abstract

This paper explores the determinants of adjective-noun plausibility by using correlation analysis to compare judgements elicited from human subjects with five corpus-based variables: co-occurrence frequency of the adjective-noun pair, noun frequency, conditional probability of the noun given the adjective, the log-likelihood ratio, and Resnik's (1993) selectional association measure. The highest correlation is obtained with the co-occurrence frequency, which points to the strongly lexicalist and collocational nature of adjective-noun combinations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNinth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages30-36
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1999
EventNinth Conference on European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Duration: 8 Jun 199912 Jun 1999

Conference

ConferenceNinth Conference on European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
CountryNorway
CityBergen
Period8/06/9912/06/99

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