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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: A topological embedding of the lexicon for semantic distance computation
Author: N. Davis
Institution: Brigham Young University
Author: C. Giraud-Carrier
Institution: Brigham Young University
Author: D. Jensen
Institution: KJ Nova
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Semantics
Abstract: We show how a quantitative context may be established for what is essentially qualitative in nature by topologically embedding a lexicon (here, WordNet) in a complete metric space. This novel transformation establishes a natural connection between the order relation in the lexicon (e.g., hyponymy) and the notion of distance in the metric space, giving rise to effective word-level and document-level lexical semantic distance measures. We provide a formal account of the topological transformation and demonstrate the value of our metrics on several experiments involving information retrieval and document clustering tasks.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 16, Issue 3.

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