Embodiment in Language understanding: Modeling the Semantics of Causal Narratives

S. Narayanan

This abstract describes a computational model that cashes out the belief that metaphor interpretation is grounded in embodied primitives. The specific task addressed is the interpretation of simple causal narratives in the domains of Politics and Economics. The stories are taken from newspaper articles in these domains. When presented with a pre-parsed version of these narratives as input, the system described is able to generate commonsense inferences consistent with the input.

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