Cross-Linguistic Semantic Annotation: Reconciling the Language-Specific and the Universal

Jens E. L. Van Gysel, Meagan Vigus, Pavlina Kalm, Sook-kyung Lee, Michael Regan, William Croft


Abstract
Developers of cross-linguistic semantic annotation schemes face a number of issues not encountered in monolingual annotation. This paper discusses four such issues, related to the establishment of annotation labels, and the treatment of languages with more fine-grained, more coarse-grained, and cross-cutting categories. We propose that a lattice-like architecture of the annotation categories can adequately handle all four issues, and at the same time remain both intuitive for annotators and faithful to typological insights. This position is supported by a brief annotation experiment.
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W19-3301
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Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representations
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August
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2019
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Florence, Italy
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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1–14
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10.18653/v1/W19-3301
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Jens E. L. Van Gysel, Meagan Vigus, Pavlina Kalm, Sook-kyung Lee, Michael Regan, and William Croft. 2019. Cross-Linguistic Semantic Annotation: Reconciling the Language-Specific and the Universal. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representations, pages 1–14, Florence, Italy. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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