Forms of Anaphoric Reference to Organisational Named Entities: Hoping to widen appeal, they diversified

Christian Hardmeier, Luca Bevacqua, Sharid Loáiciga, Hannah Rohde

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Abstract

Proper names of organisations are a special case of collective nouns. Their meaning can be conceptualised as a collective unit or as a plurality of persons, allowing for different morphological marking of anaphoric pronouns. This paper explores the variability of references to organisation names with 1) a corpus analysis and 2) two crowd-sourced story continuation experiments. The first shows that the preference for singular vs. plural conceptualisation is dependent on the level of formality of a text. In the second, we observe a strong preference for the plural they otherwise typical of informal speech. Using edited corpus data instead of constructed sentences as stimuli reduces this preference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh Named Entities Workshop
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages36-40
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-948087-37-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2018
Event56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
http://acl2018.org/

Conference

Conference56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Abbreviated titleACL 2018
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period15/07/1820/07/18
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