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The Subjectivity of Lexical Cohesion in Text

  • Jane Morris
  • Graeme Hirst
Part of the The Information Retrieval Series book series (INRE, volume 20)

Abstract

A reader’s perception of even an “objective” text is to some degree subjective. We present the results of a pilot study in which we looked at the degree of subjectivity in readers’ perceptions of lexical semantic relations, which are the building blocks of the lexical chains used in many applications in natural language processing. An example is presented in which the subjectivity reflects the reader’s attitude.

Keywords

Lexical cohesion lexical semantic relations subjectivity inter-subject agreement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Morris
    • 1
  • Graeme Hirst
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Information StudiesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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