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Semantic Software Lab
Concordia University
Montréal, Canada

Reported Speech Tagger

Minding the Source: Automatic Tagging of Reported Speech in Newspaper Articles

Krestel, R., S. Bergler, and R. Witte, "Minding the Source: Automatic Tagging of Reported Speech in Newspaper Articles", Proceedings of the Sixth International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2008), Marrakech, Morocco : European Language Resources Association (ELRA), May 28–30, 2008.

Reported Speech Tagger

Reported speech in the form of direct and indirect reported speech is an important indicator of evidentiality in traditional newspaper texts, but also increasingly in the new media that rely heavily on citation and quotation of previous postings, as for instance in blogs or newsgroups. We developed an NLP component in form of a GATE resource that can automatically detect and tag reported speech constructs, in particular the source, reporting verb and content. This is intended as a first module for more sophisticated representation and reasoning with attributed information, such as belief reasoning based on nested belief structures.

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