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Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha

Designing and Evaluating a Semantic Annotation Scheme for Compound Nouns

Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, Corpus Linguistics 2007


There is no standard set of semantic relations for classifying noun-noun compounds. This paper describes the development of a new annotation scheme which fulfils a number of desirable criteria. A rigorous dual-annotator experiment indicates that reasonably good agreement can be achieved but that the task remains a very difficult one. Analysis of the annotators' disagreements suggests which categories are most problematic and identifies specific cases for which the annotation guidelines could be further refined. Nonetheless there is a very long tail of disagreement patterns which render infeasible the production of fully exhaustive guidelines.

	title = {Designing and Evaluating a Semantic Annotation Scheme for Compound Nouns},
	author = {Diarmuid {\'O S\'eaghdha}},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the 4th Corpus Linguistics Conference (CL-07)},
	url = {},
	year = {2007},
	address = {Birmingham, UK},