Contextual influences on near-synonym choice

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

One of the least understood aspects of lexical choice in Natural Language Generation is choosing between near-synonyms. Previous studies of this issue, such as Edmonds and Hirst [4], have focused on semantic differences between near-synonyms, as analysed by lexicographers. Our empirical analysis of near-synonym choice in weather forecasts, however, suggests that other factors are probably more important than semantic differences. These include preferences and idiosyncrasies of individual authors; collocation; variation of lexical usage; and position of a lexeme in a text. Our analysis also suggests that when semantic differences do influence near-synonym choice, they may do so in an author-dependent manner. Thus, at least in our domain, 'context' (including author) seems to be more important than semantics when choosing between near-synonyms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG)
PublisherSpringer
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Cite this

Reiter, E., & Sripada, S. (2004). Contextual influences on near-synonym choice. In The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG) Springer .

Contextual influences on near-synonym choice. / Reiter, E ; Sripada, S .

The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG). Springer , 2004.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Reiter, E & Sripada, S 2004, Contextual influences on near-synonym choice. in The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG). Springer .
Reiter E, Sripada S. Contextual influences on near-synonym choice. In The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG). Springer . 2004
Reiter, E ; Sripada, S . / Contextual influences on near-synonym choice. The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG). Springer , 2004.
@inbook{bcc4541d83ef4679ae1b69183936bd36,
title = "Contextual influences on near-synonym choice",
abstract = "One of the least understood aspects of lexical choice in Natural Language Generation is choosing between near-synonyms. Previous studies of this issue, such as Edmonds and Hirst [4], have focused on semantic differences between near-synonyms, as analysed by lexicographers. Our empirical analysis of near-synonym choice in weather forecasts, however, suggests that other factors are probably more important than semantic differences. These include preferences and idiosyncrasies of individual authors; collocation; variation of lexical usage; and position of a lexeme in a text. Our analysis also suggests that when semantic differences do influence near-synonym choice, they may do so in an author-dependent manner. Thus, at least in our domain, 'context' (including author) seems to be more important than semantics when choosing between near-synonyms.",
author = "E Reiter and S Sripada",
year = "2004",
language = "English",
booktitle = "The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG)",
publisher = "Springer",

}

TY - CHAP

T1 - Contextual influences on near-synonym choice

AU - Reiter, E

AU - Sripada, S

PY - 2004

Y1 - 2004

N2 - One of the least understood aspects of lexical choice in Natural Language Generation is choosing between near-synonyms. Previous studies of this issue, such as Edmonds and Hirst [4], have focused on semantic differences between near-synonyms, as analysed by lexicographers. Our empirical analysis of near-synonym choice in weather forecasts, however, suggests that other factors are probably more important than semantic differences. These include preferences and idiosyncrasies of individual authors; collocation; variation of lexical usage; and position of a lexeme in a text. Our analysis also suggests that when semantic differences do influence near-synonym choice, they may do so in an author-dependent manner. Thus, at least in our domain, 'context' (including author) seems to be more important than semantics when choosing between near-synonyms.

AB - One of the least understood aspects of lexical choice in Natural Language Generation is choosing between near-synonyms. Previous studies of this issue, such as Edmonds and Hirst [4], have focused on semantic differences between near-synonyms, as analysed by lexicographers. Our empirical analysis of near-synonym choice in weather forecasts, however, suggests that other factors are probably more important than semantic differences. These include preferences and idiosyncrasies of individual authors; collocation; variation of lexical usage; and position of a lexeme in a text. Our analysis also suggests that when semantic differences do influence near-synonym choice, they may do so in an author-dependent manner. Thus, at least in our domain, 'context' (including author) seems to be more important than semantics when choosing between near-synonyms.

M3 - Chapter

BT - The Third International Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG)

PB - Springer

ER -