Vasudevan Nedumpozhimana


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Finding BERT’s Idiomatic Key
Vasudevan Nedumpozhimana | John Kelleher
Proceedings of the 17th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2021)

Sentence embeddings encode information relating to the usage of idioms in a sentence. This paper reports a set of experiments that combine a probing methodology with input masking to analyse where in a sentence this idiomatic information is taken from, and what form it takes. Our results indicate that BERT’s idiomatic key is primarily found within an idiomatic expression, but also draws on information from the surrounding context. Also, BERT can distinguish between the disruption in a sentence caused by words missing and the incongruity caused by idiomatic usage.