Sprucing up Supersenses: Untangling the Semantic Clusters of Accompaniment and Purpose

Jena D. Hwang, Nathan Schneider, Vivek Srikumar


Abstract
We reevaluate an existing adpositional annotation scheme with respect to two thorny semantic domains: accompaniment and purpose. ‘Accompaniment’ broadly speaking includes two entities situated together or participating in the same event, while ‘purpose’ broadly speaking covers the desired outcome of an action, the intended use or evaluated use of an entity, and more. We argue the policy in the SNACS scheme for English should be recalibrated with respect to these clusters of interrelated meanings without adding complexity to the overall scheme. Our analysis highlights tradeoffs in lumping vs. splitting decisions as well as the flexibility afforded by the construal analysis.
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2020.law-1.12
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Proceedings of the 14th Linguistic Annotation Workshop
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December
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2020
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Barcelona, Spain
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COLING | LAW
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SIGANN
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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127–137
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