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What exactly is "shallow semantic processing", and how is it related to syntactic analysis?

Is it correct to say that syntactic processing of a text is the preliminary step for shallow semantic processing of the same text?

  • Shallow semantic labelling assigns semantic roles to nominal phrases. It must be preceded by some sort of syntactic analysis. It’s similar to dependency parsing but assigns roles rather than grammatical functions. – Atamiri Jun 13 at 19:32
  • Hello, thank you for your comment. By saying "nominal phrases", do you mean basic syntactic units of a text (nouns, verbs, etc.)? Also, is there a paper that you would recommend that talks about the general procedures of sentence processing (syntactic analysis ---> shallow semantic processing ---> deep semantic processing --->... etc.) – HDB Jun 13 at 19:35
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    I meant noun phrases and nominalised verb phrases. This paper is interesting and highly relevant: aclweb.org/anthology/P88-1012.pdf – Atamiri Jun 13 at 19:46
  • Hello, thank you again for your comments. Is the shallow semantic processing (I am assuming this is a topic that is discussed in Psycholinguistics) somehow related to the feed-forward architecture of modular accounts in sentence processing (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_processing)? sorry for asking lots of questions. – HDB Jun 13 at 19:57
  • @Atamiri That paper requires the reader to be well-versed in first order logic. Hobbs is also pointing to his specific version of first order logic, which includes event variables. I fear that to begin to get anything at all form such a paper, one must be one of Hobbs graduate students. – Tim Osborne Jun 14 at 2:50

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