Interpretation of Compound Nominals Using WordNet

TitleInterpretation of Compound Nominals Using WordNet
Publication TypeBook Chapters
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsBarrett L, Davis A, Dorr BJ
EditorGelbukh A
Book TitleComputational Linguistics and Intelligent Text ProcessingComputational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pagination169 - 181
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-41687-6

We describe an approach to interpreting noun-noun compounds within a question answering system. The system’s lexicon, based on WordNet, provides the basis for heuristics that group noun-noun compounds with seman- tically similar words. The semantic relationship between the nouns in a com- pound is determined by the choice of heuristic for the compound. We discuss procedures for selecting one heuristic in cases where several can apply to a compound, the effects of lexical ambiguity, and some initial results of our methods.