What is it? Disambiguating the different readings of the pronoun ‘it’

Sharid Loáiciga, Liane Guillou, Christian Hardmeier


Abstract
In this paper, we address the problem of predicting one of three functions for the English pronoun ‘it’: anaphoric, event reference or pleonastic. This disambiguation is valuable in the context of machine translation and coreference resolution. We present experiments using a MAXENT classifier trained on gold-standard data and self-training experiments of an RNN trained on silver-standard data, annotated using the MAXENT classifier. Lastly, we report on an analysis of the strengths of these two models.
Anthology ID:
D17-1137
Volume:
Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Month:
September
Year:
2017
Address:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Venue:
EMNLP
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Publisher:
Association for Computational Linguistics
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Pages:
1325–1331
URL:
https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/D17-1137
DOI:
10.18653/v1/D17-1137
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