Peiyi Yan


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Ellipsis in Chinese AMR CorpusChinese AMR Corpus
Yihuan Liu | Bin Li | Peiyi Yan | Li Song | Weiguang Qu
Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Designing Meaning Representations

Ellipsis is very common in language. It’s necessary for natural language processing to restore the elided elements in a sentence. However, there’s only a few corpora annotating the ellipsis, which draws back the automatic detection and recovery of the ellipsis. This paper introduces the annotation of ellipsis in Chinese sentences, using a novel graph-based representation Abstract Meaning Representation (AMR), which has a good mechanism to restore the elided elements manually. We annotate 5,000 sentences selected from Chinese TreeBank (CTB). We find that 54.98 % of sentences have ellipses. 92 % of the ellipses are restored by copying the antecedents’ concepts. and 12.9 % of them are the new added concepts. In addition, we find that the elided element is a word or phrase in most cases, but sometimes only the head of a phrase or parts of a phrase, which is rather hard for the automatic recovery of ellipsis.