Stylistic features as meaning representation: Text as phase portrait

Maria Herke-Coochman*, Canzhong Wu

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    Typically, high volume text processing has been based on representations of the texts such as Parts of Speech (POS), parsed formalizations or bag of words. This paper proposes an alternative representation of the text based on linguistic analysis. Drawing on systemic functional theory and its application to stylistics, we will develop a text 'phase portrait' comprised of the patterns of systemic features that are foregrounded in each text. We will only focus on computationally tractable features to ensure that textual phase portraits are easily identifiable by machine learner technology, a method that has proved successful in previous similar research (Herke-Couchman & Whitelaw 2003).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStyle and Meaning in Language, Art, Music, and Design - Papers from the 2004 AAAI Fall Symposium, Technical Report
    EditorsShlomo Argaman, Shlomo Dubnov, Julie Jupp
    Place of PublicationMenlo Park, CA
    PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9781577352181
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    Event2004 AAAI Fall Symposium - Arlington, VA, United States
    Duration: 21 Oct 200424 Oct 2004


    Other2004 AAAI Fall Symposium
    CountryUnited States
    CityArlington, VA

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