Distinguishing use and mention in natural language

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Abstract

When humans communicate via natural language, they frequently make use of metalanguage to clarify what they mean and promote a felicitous exchange of ideas. One key aspect of metalanguage is the mention of words and phrases, as distinguished from their use. This paper presents ongoing work on identifying and categorizing instances of language-mention, with the goal of building a system capable of automatic recognition of the phenomenon. A definition of language-mention and a corpus of instances gathered from Wikipedia are discussed, and the future direction of the project is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages29-33
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HLT 2010 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jun 2 2010 → …

Conference

Conference2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HLT 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period6/2/10 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language

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