Issues of Mass and Count: Dealing with ‘Dual-Life’ Nouns

Tibor Kiss, Francis Jeffry Pelletier, Halima Husić, Johanna Poppek


Abstract
The topics of mass and count have been studied for many decades in philosophy (e.g., Quine, 1960; Pelletier, 1975), linguistics (e.g., McCawley, 1975; Allen, 1980; Krifka, 1991) and psychology (e.g., Middleton et al, 2004; Barner et al, 2009). More recently, interest from within computational linguistics has studied the issues involved (e.g., Pustejovsky, 1991; Bond, 2005; Schmidtke & Kuperman, 2016), to name just a few. As is pointed out in these works, there are many difficult conceptual issues involved in the study of this contrast. In this article we study one of these issues – the “Dual-Life” of being simultaneously +mass and +count – by means of an unusual combination of human annotation, online lexical resources, and online corpora.
Anthology ID:
S17-1023
Volume:
Proceedings of the 6th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2017)
Month:
August
Year:
2017
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Vancouver, Canada
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*SEMEVAL
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SIGLEX | SIGSEM
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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189–198
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/S17-1023
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10.18653/v1/S17-1023
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