Literal occurrences of Multiword Expressions: rare birds that cause a stir

Multiword expressions can have both idiomatic and literal occurrences. For instance pulling strings can be understood either as making use of one’s influence, or literally. Distinguishing these two cases has been addressed in linguistics and psycholinguistics studies, and is also considered one of the major challenges in MWE processing. We suggest that literal occurrences should be considered in both semantic and syntactic terms, which motivates their study in a treebank.

Weighted finite-state transducers for normalization of historical texts

This paper presents a study about methods for normalization of historical texts. The aim of these methods
is learning relations between historical and contemporary word forms. We have compiled training and test
corpora for different languages and scenarios, and we have tried to read the results related to the features
of the corpora and languages. Our proposed method, based on weighted finite-state transducers, is com-
pared to previously published ones. Our method learns to map phonological changes using a noisy channel


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