On the semantics of noun compounds

Roxana Girju, Dan Moldovan, Marta Tatu, Daniel Antohe

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This paper provides new insights on the semantic characteristics of two and three noun compounds. An analysis is performed using two sets of semantic classification categories: a list of 8 prepositional paraphrases previously proposed by Lauer [Designing statistical language learners: experiments on noun compounds, Ph.D. Thesis, Macquarie University, Australia] and a new set of 35 semantic relations introduced by us. We show the distribution of these semantic categories on a corpus of noun compounds and present several models for the bracketing and the semantic classification of noun compounds. The results are compared against state-of-the-art models reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-496
Number of pages18
JournalComputer Speech and Language
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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