Perplexed by Idioms?

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The aim of this study is to identify idiomatic expressions in English using the measure perplexity. The assumption is that idiomatic expressions cause higher perplexity than literal expressions given a reference text. Perplexity in our study is calculated based on n-grams of (i) PoS tags, (ii) tokens, and (iii) thematic roles within the boundaries of a sentence. In the setting of our study, we observed that no perplexity in the contexts of (i), (ii) and (iii) manages to distinguish idiomatic expressions from literals. We postulate that larger, extra-sentential contexts should be used for the determination of perplexity. In addition, the number of thematic roles in (iii) should be reduced to a smaller number of basic roles in order to avaiod an uniform distribution of n-grams.

BibTex | DOI: 10.3233/SSW230006