The Mass-Count Distinction: Acquisition and Disambiguation

Michael Schiehlen, Kristina Spranger


Abstract
At least in the realm of fast parsing, the mass–count distinction has led the life of a wallflower. We argue in this paper that this should not be so. In particular, we argue, both theoretical linguistics and computational linguistics can gain by a corpus-based investigation of this distinction: Computational linguists get more accurate parses; the knowledge extracted from these parses becomes more reliable; theoretical linguists are presented with new data in a field that has been intensely discussed and yet remains in a state that is not satisfactory from a practical point of view.
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L06-1458
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Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’06)
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May
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2006
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Genoa, Italy
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LREC
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European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
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