[Corpora-List] Ambiguous words in English and their frequency

Linda Bawcom linda.bawcom at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 26 05:06:44 CET 2012


Subject: Re: [Corpora-List] Ambiguous words in English and their frequency

Dear Karen,

(I had to send this to the corpora list because I get bounced mail for you).

I would like to help but am unsure what you mean by an ambiguous word.  I can understand that a particular word in a sentence might be ambiguous. For example,  "Mary's a funny person" could mean that she is comical or that she is strange. However, words are used in some kind of context. Therefore, in the example, 'funny' is only ambiguous if I have insufficient context to help me decide the particular use of that polysemous word. In short, I believe we do not think of words themselves as being ambiguous. What may be ambiguous (e.g. in need of clarification) is the way a word/phrase is used in a particular context or context of situation.   Perhaps you can offer a few examples. Apart from that, I can only offer the following  from my small data base where ambiguity is discussed:

Aspects of English (2nd) 202,205,262,264,270 etc. Bolinger,D. Harcourt 1975 Discourse Structure &Anaphora 3,48,50-4,56-7,60,108,123,128,131 Fox, Barbara A. CUP 1987

Computational Analysis of English 21,26,27,39,43,51, etc. Garside,R.Leech.G.Sampson, G.. Longman 1987

Corpora in Applied Ling. 44-5,145,149 Hunston, Susan CUP 2002 Semantics (2nd edition) 31,38,42-3,48-50,86,105-8etc Palmer, F.R. CUP 1981 Corpus, Concordance,Col 104-05 Sinclair, John OUP 1991 Relational Models of the Lexicon 114,117,227 Walton Evens, M. (ed) CUP 1988 Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 84 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 7-Sep Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Text and Corpus Analysis 188-9 Stubbs, Michael Blackwell 1996 Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 139.141 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 145 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 5-6,86,92-4,143,149,157 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 4-6,69,112,157,212-13 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 11 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 212 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Relational Models of the Lexicon 291-92,316,319,33,328-29 Walton Evens, M. (ed) CUP 1988

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987 Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 9-12,38,131-152,215 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 131-36 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 150-52 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Semantic Interpretation and the Resolution of Ambiguity 134-36 Hirst,Graeme CUP 1987

Kindest regards, Linda Bawcom

Kindest regards, Linda Bawcom

________________________________ From: "FORT, Karen" <Karen.FORT at inist.fr> To: "corpora at uib.no" <corpora at uib.no> Sent: Wed, January 25, 2012 1:33:02 PM Subject: [Corpora-List] Ambiguous words in English and their frequency

Hi all,

I need to find this information (the proportion of ambiguous words in English and their frequency). For example, we know that in French 8% of the words represent 30% of the ambiguity. Of course, it's very rough, but it's only to have a rough idea.

Can somebody help me with this (of course, I searched for a ref but could not find anything precise)?

Thank you in advance,

Regards,

Karën FORT Ingénieure/Engineer et/and doctorante/PhD student INIST-CNRS / LIPN 2, allée de Brabois 54500 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy France Bureau/Office: H112 +33 (0)3 83 50 46 36

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