Summarising Legal Texts: Sentential Tense and Argumentative Roles

Claire Grover, Ben Hachey, Chris Korycinski

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Abstract

We report on the SUM project which applies automatic summarisation techniques to the legal domain. We pursue a methodology based on Teufel and Moens (2002) where sentences are classified according to their argumentative role. We describe some experiments with judgments of the House of Lords where we have performed automatic linguistic annotation of a small sample set in order to explore correlations between linguistic features and argumentative roles. We use state-of-the-art NLP techniques to perform the linguistic annotation using XML-based tools and a combination of rule-based and statistical methods. We focus here on the predictive capacity of tense and aspect features for a classifier.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the HLT-NAACL 03 on Text Summarization Workshop - Volume 5
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages33-40
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameHLT-NAACL-DUC '03
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics

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