Measuring the Compositionality of Noun-Noun Compounds over Time

Prajit Dhar, Janis Pagel, Lonneke van der Plas

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    We present work in progress on the temporal progression of compositionality in noun-noun compounds. Previous work has proposed computational methods for determining the compositionality of compounds. These methods try to automatically determine how transparent the meaning of the compound as a whole is with respect to the meaning of its parts. We hypothesize that such a property might change over time. We use the time-stamped Google Books corpus for our diachronic investigations, and first examine whether the vector-based semantic spaces extracted from this corpus are able to predict compositionality ratings, despite their inherent limitations. We find that using temporal information helps predicting the ratings, although correlation with the ratings is lower than reported for other corpora. Finally, we show changes in compositionality over time for a selection of compounds.
    Originele taal-2English
    Titel1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change
    SubtitelProceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change
    Plaats van productieFlorence, Italy
    UitgeverijAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
    Pagina's234-239
    Aantal pagina's6
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    StatusPublished - aug-2019

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