Estimating Semantic Transparency of Constituents of English Compounds and Two-Character Chinese Words using Latent Semantic Analysis

Hsueh Cheng Wang, Li Chuan Hsu, Yi Min Tien, Marc Pomplun

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摘要

The constituents of English compounds (e.g., butter and fly for butterfly) and two-character Chinese words may differ in meaning from the whole word. Furthermore, the meanings of the words containing the same constituent (e.g., butter in “butterfingers”, or “buttermilk”) may or may not be consistent. Estimating semantic transparency of a constituent is usually difficult and subjective because of these uncertainties and ambiguities. It is rather unexplored why a constituent is considered transparent/opaque by raters, and how its polysemy correlates to its transparency. We propose a computational method for predicting semantic transparency based on Latent Semantic Analysis. We computed the primary meaning of a constituent by a clustering analysis and compared it to the whole-word meaning. The proposed method successfully predicted participants’ transparency ratings, and may explain the cognitive processes in raters when classifying semantic transparency of English compounds and two-character Chinese words.

原文English
主出版物標題Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World - Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2012
編輯Naomi Miyake, David Peebles, Richard P. Cooper
發行者The Cognitive Science Society
頁面2499-2504
頁數6
ISBN(電子)9780976831884
出版狀態Published - 2012
事件34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World, CogSci 2012 - Sapporo, Japan
持續時間: 1 8月 20124 8月 2012

出版系列

名字Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World - Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2012

Conference

Conference34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Building Bridges Across Cognitive Sciences Around the World, CogSci 2012
國家/地區Japan
城市Sapporo
期間1/08/124/08/12

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