The Interplay of Form and Meaning in Complex Medical Terms: Evidence from a Clinical Corpus

Leonie Grön, Ann Bertels, Kris Heylen


Abstract
We conduct a corpus study to investigate the structure of multi-word expressions (MWEs) in the clinical domain. Based on an existing medical taxonomy, we develop an annotation scheme and label a sample of MWEs from a Dutch corpus with semantic and grammatical features. The analysis of the annotated data shows that the formal structure of clinical MWEs correlates with their conceptual properties. The insights gained from this study could inform the design of Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems for clinical writing, but also for other specialized genres.
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W18-4905
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Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions (LAW-MWE-CxG-2018)
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August
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2018
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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LAW
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SIGLEX | SIGANN
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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18–29
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Leonie Grön, Ann Bertels, and Kris Heylen. 2018. The Interplay of Form and Meaning in Complex Medical Terms: Evidence from a Clinical Corpus. In Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions (LAW-MWE-CxG-2018), pages 18–29, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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