Usage notes as the basis for a representation of near-synonymy for lexical choice. DiMarco, C. and Hirst, G. In >Proceedings, 9th annual conference of the University of Waterloo Centre for the New Oxford English Dictionary and Text Research, pages 33–43, Oxford, September, 1993.
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The task of choosing between lexical near-equivalents in text generation requires the kind of knowledge of fine differences between words that is typified by the usage notes of dictionaries and books of synonym discrimination. These usage notes follow a fairly standard pattern, and a study of their form and content shows the kinds of differentiae adduced in the discrimination of near-synonyms. For appropriate lexical choice in text generation and machine translation systems, it is necessary to develop the concept of formal `computational usage notes', which would be part of the lexical entries in a conceptual knowledge base. The construction of a set of `computational usage notes' adequate for text generation is a major lexicographic task of the future.
@InProceedings{	  dimarco3,
  author	= {Chrysanne DiMarco and Graeme Hirst},
  title		= {Usage notes as the basis for a representation of
		  near-synonymy for lexical choice},
  booktitle	= {>Proceedings, 9th annual conference of the University of
		  Waterloo Centre for the New Oxford English Dictionary and
		  Text Research},
  address	= {Oxford},
  month		= {September},
  year		= {1993},
  pages		= {33--43},
  abstract	= {The task of choosing between lexical near-equivalents in
		  text generation requires the kind of knowledge of fine
		  differences between words that is typified by the usage
		  notes of dictionaries and books of synonym discrimination.
		  These usage notes follow a fairly standard pattern, and a
		  study of their form and content shows the kinds of
		  differentiae adduced in the discrimination of
		  near-synonyms. For appropriate lexical choice in text
		  generation and machine translation systems, it is necessary
		  to develop the concept of formal `computational usage
		  notes', which would be part of the lexical entries in a
		  conceptual knowledge base. The construction of a set of
		  `computational usage notes' adequate for text generation is
		  a major lexicographic task of the future.},
  download	= {http://ftp.cs.toronto.edu/pub/gh/DiMarco+Hirst-LexChoice-93.pdf}
		  
}
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