Readers' Perceptions of Lexical Cohesion and Lexical Semantic Relations in Text

Speaker: Jane Morris

Most research on automated text understanding, including applications in information retrieval and text summarization, does not consider the potential subjectivity of human interpretation of text. In particular, the subjectivity of the linguistic theory of lexical cohesion that has been used in these applications has not been examined empirically. This study is an empirical investigation of the subjective interpretation of two related aspects of meaning in text: lexical cohesion and the lexical semantic relations that are its building blocks.