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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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Sounds Fascinating

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: On the semantics of noun compounds
Author: Stan Szpakowicz
Institution: University of Ottawa
Author: Francis C. Bond
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Institution: Nanyang Technological University
Author: Preslav Ivanov Nakov
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Institution: QCRI, Qatar Foundation
Author: Su Nam Kim
Institution: Monash University
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: The noun compound – a sequence of nouns which functions as a single noun – is very common in English texts. No language processing system should ignore expressions like steel soup pot cover if it wants to be serious about such high-end applications of computational linguistics as question answering, information extraction, text summarization, machine translation – the list goes on. Processing noun compounds, however, is far from trouble-free. For one thing, they can be bracketed in various ways: is it steel soup, steel pot, or steel cover? Then there are relations inside a compound, annoyingly not signalled by any words: does pot contain soup or is it for cooking soup? These and many other research challenges are the subject of this special issue.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 19, Issue 3.

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