ADJSCALES: DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN SIMILAR ADJECTIVES FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Vera Sheinman, Takenobu Tokunaga

Abstract

In this study we introduce AdjScales, a method for scaling similar adjectives by their strength. It combines existing Web-based computational linguistic techniques in order to automatically differentiate similar adjectives that describe the same property by strength. Though this kind of information is rarely present in most of the lexical resources and dictionaries, it might be useful for language learners that try to distinguish between similar words and that want to capture the differences from a single structure. Additionally, AdjScales might be used by constructors of lexical resources in order to enrich them. The method is evaluated by comparison with annotation on a subset of adjectives from WordNet by four native English speakers. The collected annotation is an interesting resource by its own right. This work is a first step towards automatic differentiation of meaning between similar words for learners.

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Sheinman V. and Tokunaga T. (2009). ADJSCALES: DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN SIMILAR ADJECTIVES FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS . In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8111-82-1, pages 228-234. DOI: 10.5220/0001972602280234


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu09,
author={Vera Sheinman and Takenobu Tokunaga},
title={ADJSCALES: DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN SIMILAR ADJECTIVES FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},
year={2009},
pages={228-234},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001972602280234},
isbn={978-989-8111-82-1},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - ADJSCALES: DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN SIMILAR ADJECTIVES FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS
SN - 978-989-8111-82-1
AU - Sheinman V.
AU - Tokunaga T.
PY - 2009
SP - 228
EP - 234
DO - 10.5220/0001972602280234