When dealing with coreference resolution, what is the correct way to handle a possessive pronoun followed by another noun? Consider:

Alice has a cousin called Bob.
Alice went to visit her cousin.

In the second sentence, I can see three potential ways to resolve her cousin:

  1. her refers to Alice.
  2. her refers to Alice and cousin refers to Bob.
  3. her cousin refers to Bob.

In the literature I have found examples of both 1 and 3, so it is unclear which is correct.

1 Answer 1


1 and 3 are not mutually exclusive, and they are both correct. 2 is not possible, because "cousin" is a noun, not a NP, and only NPs refer, not nouns. Nouns predicate, they don't refer (unless they are also NPs).

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