Automatic disambiguation of English puns

Tristan Miller, Iryna Gurevych
2015 Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (Volume 1: Long Papers)  
Traditional approaches to word sense disambiguation (WSD) rest on the assumption that there exists a single, unambiguous communicative intention underlying every word in a document. However, writers sometimes intend for a word to be interpreted as simultaneously carrying multiple distinct meanings. This deliberate use of lexical ambiguity-i.e., punningis a particularly common source of humour. In this paper we describe how traditional, language-agnostic WSD approaches can be adapted to
more » ... uate" puns, or rather to identify their double meanings. We evaluate several such approaches on a manually sense-annotated collection of English puns and observe performance exceeding that of some knowledge-based and supervised baselines.
doi:10.3115/v1/p15-1070 dblp:conf/acl/MillerG15 fatcat:5b2yt4j4kzaqtehxew52djikvu