Using an ontology to determine English countability
Date of Issue2002
International Conference on Computational Linguistics (19th : 2002 : Taipei, Taiwan)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
In this paper we show to what degree the countability of English nouns is predictable from their semantics. We found that at 78% of nouns' countability could be predicted using an ontology of 2,710 nodes. We also show how this predictability can be used to aid non-native speakers to determine the countability of English nouns when building a bilingual machine translation lexicon.
© 2002 ACL. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: COLING-2002, Association for Computational Linguistics. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3115/1072228.1072280].