The Importance of Nouns in Text Processing

Abstract

In the area of computational processing of natural language texts, advances toward simpler yet more accurate models of meaning are desirable. As syntax is a major component of semantic analysis, we explore how a long-term and institutional bias towards the verb as the main determiner of syntactic (and semantic) structure may underserve some kinds of information. We introduce an analysis paradigm that restores the noun to some importance in syntactic analysis. A noun-driven syntax representation has been developed and evaluated, and ; implications of its use in further processing and in better modeling of natural language meaning areis investigated.


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