The Users who say 'Ni': Audience identification in Chinese-language restaurant reviews

Rob Voigt, Dan Jurafsky

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Abstract

We give an algorithm for disambiguating generic versus referential uses of second-person pronouns in restaurant reviews in Chinese. Reviews in this domain use the 'you' pronoun ifc either genetically or to refer to shopkeepers, readers, or for self-reference in reported conversation. We first show that linguistic features of the lo-cal context (drawn from prior literature) help in disambigation. We then show that document-level features (n-grams and document-level embeddings)-not previ-ously used in the referentiality literature-actually give the largest gain in perfor-mance, and suggest this is because pro-nouns in this domain exhibit 'one-sense-per-discourse'. Our work highlights an important case of discourse effects on pro-noun use, and may suggest practical impli-cations for audience extraction and other sentiment tasks in online reviews.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages314-319
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781941643730
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: Jul 26 2015Jul 31 2015

Publication series

NameACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference
Volume2

Other

Other53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, ACL-IJCNLP 2015
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period7/26/157/31/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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