Lexical concreteness in narrative

Michael Flor, Swapna Somasundaran


Abstract
This study explores the relation between lexical concreteness and narrative text quality. We present a methodology to quantitatively measure lexical concreteness of a text. We apply it to a corpus of student stories, scored according to writing evaluation rubrics. Lexical concreteness is weakly-to-moderately related to story quality, depending on story-type. The relation is mostly borne by adjectives and nouns, but also found for adverbs and verbs.
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W19-3408
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Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Storytelling
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August
Year:
2019
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Florence, Italy
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ACL | Story-NLP | WS
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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75–80
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URL:
https://aclanthology.org/W19-3408
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W19-3408
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Michael Flor and Swapna Somasundaran. 2019. Lexical concreteness in narrative. In Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Storytelling, pages 75–80, Florence, Italy. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Lexical concreteness in narrative (Flor & Somasundaran, 2019)
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