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This paper presents a metaphor interpretation pipeline based on abductive inference. In this framework following (Hobbs, 1992) metaphor interpretation is modelled as a part of the general discourse processing problem, such that the overall discourse coherence is supported. We present an experimental evaluation of the proposed approach using linguistic data(More)
The challenge of a theory of linguistic practice is to locate the speaking subject within a social unit in which meaning is being actively constructed, and to investigate the relation between the construction of meaning in that unit and the larger social structure with which it engages. It is for this reason that Sally McConnell-Ginet and I (Eckert and(More)
Metaphor is a central phenomenon of language, and thus a central problem for natural language understanding. Previous work on the analysis of metaphors has identified which target concepts are being thought of and described in terms of which source concepts, but this is not adequate to explain what motivates the use of particular metaphors. This work(More)
Introduction Characteristic to all areas of human activity (from poetic to ordinary to scientific) and, thus, to all types of discourse, metaphor becomes an important problem for natural language processing. Its ubiquity in language has been established in a number of corpus studies and the role it plays in human reasoning has been confirmed in(More)
Contemporary research on computational processing of linguistic metaphors is divided into two main branches: metaphor recognition and metaphor interpretation. We take a different line of research and present an automated method for generating conceptual metaphors from linguistic data. Given the generated conceptual metaphors, we find corresponding(More)
We are developing an ontology of microsocial concepts for use in an instructional system for teaching cross-cultural communication. We report here on that part of the ontology relating to interpersonal relationships. We first explicate the key concepts of commitment, shared plans, and good will. Then in terms of these we present a formal account of simple(More)
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