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A Fluid Knowledge Representation for Understanding and Generating Creative Metaphors

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At this session of the NLIP Reading Group we’ll be discussing the following paper:

Tony Veale and Yanfen Hao. 2008. A Fluid Knowledge Representation for Understanding and Generating Creative Metaphors. In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING-08).

Abstract: Creative metaphor is a phenomenon that stretches and bends the conventions of semantic description, often to humorous and poetic extremes. The computational modeling of metaphor thus requires a knowledge representation that is just as stretchable and semantically accommodating. We present here a flexible knowledge representation for metaphor interpretation and generation, called Talking Points, and describe how talking points can be acquired on a large scale from WordNet (Fellbaum,1998) and from the web. We show how talking points can be fluidly connected to form a slipnet, and demonstrate that talking points provide an especially concise representation for concepts in general.

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