Anna Di Natale: “Colexification networks encode affective meaning”

Dec 03, 2020 | 14:0015:00

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CSH researcher Anna Di Natale will give a talk at the Natural Language Processing Group at University of Utrecht on  December 3, 2020.

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Colexification is a linguistic concept that has recently been used to assess the semantic similarity of words. Unfortunately, such assumption lacks validation at scale. In this talk, I consider one form of meaning, affective meaning, and show that colexification networks follow such relationship in the creation of links between words. Moreover, I explore the possible applications of such properties, in particular the unsupervised expansion of pre-existing affective lexica and the interpolation of affective meaning of words. I then compare the performance of the network method with a state of the art machine learning corpus method.


Dec 03, 2020


Utrecht University