Conceptualizing Adjectives

  • Steffen Staab
  • Udo Hahn
Computational Linguistics
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1303)


We specify a model for the conceptual interpretation of relative adjectives (like “big”), which covers a crucial aspect of the underlying comprehension process — the comparison to a norm that is associated with a comparison class. Building on an elaborate domain ontology and knowledge about intercorrelations, comparison classes are dynamically created depending on the context in which adjectival utterances occur.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Staab
    • 1
  • Udo Hahn
    • 1
  1. 1.Linguistische Informatik / ComputerlinguistikUniversität FreiburgFreiburg

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