Comparatives in Context

Steffen Staab, Udo Hahn

We propose a model of semantic interpretation of comparatives which is based on a mechanism for semantic copying. Besides common phrasal and clausal forms of comparatives, our model also incorporates the analysis of referential and textual phenomena that interact with the interpretation of comparatives, viz. metonymies and omitted complements. In order to allow for efficient processing, guidance from syntactic, semantic, contextual and world knowledge sources is supplied.

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