Sarcasm SIGN: Sarcasm interpretation corpus

We are happy to announce the release of the Sarcasm SIGN corpus: a parallel corpus of sarcastic tweets and their non-sarcastic interpretations, as created by human experts (3000 tweets annotated by their authors with the hashtag #sarcasm, 5 human translations per tweet). The corpus was created as part of the paper: Sarcasm SIGN: Interpreting Sarcasm with Sentiment Based Monolingual Machine Translation, Lotem Peled and Roi Reichart, ACL 2017 (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1704.06836.pdf) The corpus and the project details can be found at: https://github.com/lotemp/SarcasmSIGN Sarcasm SIGN dataset, a parallel corpus of sarcastic tweets and their non-sarcastic…

Unseen Mark Twain fairytale to be published

By Danuta Kean A 16-page note about a fairytale told to Mark Twain’s daughters is to be published this year, on the 150th anniversary of the Huckleberry Finn author’s first book. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is based on handwritten notes by Twain of a story told to his young daughters one night in Paris in 1879. In the story, a young boy who can talk to animals recruits some creatures to help him save a kidnapped prince. The long-lost tale has been completed and illustrated by author and illustrator team Philip and…

Arrival – To geek out or not?

Alright people, by now you must have seen the movie “Arrival” (not to be confused with the other movie “The Arrival” where Charlie Sheen is chasing after some aliens that look like a satyr but not quite). There are several articles out there talking about the role of the linguists in the movie, or of the fact that we have a sci-fi movie showing how aliens and humans could communicate via language and not just numbers or sounds (anyone remember the mashed potato mountain of… the third kind?:P). I have…

Sexism row prompts Oxford Dictionaries to review language used in definitions

Oxford Dictionaries has said it will review the example sentences it uses for the adjective “rabid” after being accused of sexism over its current example: “a rabid feminist”. The dictionary publisher, part of Oxford University Press, was taken to task by the Canadian anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan, after he noticed that the word “rabid”, defined by the dictionary as “having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something”, used the example phrase “rabid feminist”. Oman-Reagan tweeted about it to the publisher, suggesting they change it. Oman-Reagan,…

[Resource] Corpus ‘Australia 2015/2016’

The corpus ‘Australia 2015/2016’ includes all articles from major Australian newspapers published from August 2015 to July 2016 that include the key term ‘Australia’ or ‘Australian(s)’ in the title. Altogether, the corpus contains over 7 million tokens in almost 13,000 articles from 18 newspapers. The corpus thus reflects one year of printed media coverage of topics directly relevant to Australia. Download Australia2015/2016 Corpus here Download word frequencies from this corpus here Please follow and like us: