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Sensicon

Sensicon is a sensorial lexicon that associates English words with senses: Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell, Touch. This resource assigns five sensorial values to each lemma-part of speech tuple. Sensicon is created as the results of the studies [1] and [2]. 

DPC Sensorial Lexicon

An additional sensorial lexicon is created as a part of the study in [3]. This resource contains a sensorial lexicon that assigns five sensorial  values (sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch) to noun and adjective lemmas. The sensorial values are extracted from a corpus of dependency-parsed sentences by using the hypothesis that nouns frequently acting as a direct object of a verb representing a human sense are highly associated to that sense. The associations for adjectives are obtained in a similar vein by using the adjective complement syntactic relations.

While Sensicon yields indirect sensorial associations by modeling distributional properties of the lexicon, DPC attempts to directly model these associations independently of the context.

How To Use

Each line in the lexicon has the following format: "lemma__POS<tab>sightAssociation<tab>hearingAssociation<tab>tasteAssociation <tab>smellAssociation<tab>touchAssociation" . The columns are tab separated. The first column in the lexicon file consists of a lemma and its part of speech(POS) tag with the format "LEMMA__POS".

The rest of the columns denote the sensorial associations Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell, Touch, respectively. Each sensorial association is a float value in the range of -1 and 1.

Refer to our publications below for more details.

How to obtain it

SENSICON and DPC Sensorial Lexicon are freely available for research purposes.

Whenever making reference to the lexicons, please cite the papers in the reference section as follows:

  1. Sensicon:  [1]
  2. DPC Sensorial Lexicon: [3]

 

A research licence is granted through the following online form to scholars working for academic and research institutions. Please give us clear evidence about your affiliation (for instance the e-mail account and home-page).

If you are an undergraduate or master student the licence should be submitted by a professor of your University.

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Sensicon: An Automatically Constructed Sensorial Lexicon, Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Gözde Özbal, Carlo Strapparava.  In Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), pages 1511–1521, Doha, Qatar, October. Association for Computational Linguistics. 

A Computational Approach to Generate a Sensorial Lexicon, Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Gözde Özbal and Carlo Strapparava. In Proceedings of the COLING 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex), August 2014, Dublin, Ireland. 

Exploring Sensorial Features for Metaphor Identification, Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Gözde Özbal, and Carlo Strapparava. In Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2015 (2015) on The Third Workshop on Metaphor in NLP: 31, June 2015 Denver, Colorado, USA.  

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References

[1] Sensicon: An Automatically Constructed Sensorial Lexicon, Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Gözde Özbal, Carlo Strapparava.  In Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), pages 1511–1521, Doha, Qatar, October. Association for Computational Linguistics. (pdf)

[2] A Computational Approach to Generate a Sensorial Lexicon, Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Gözde Özbal and Carlo Strapparava. In Proceedings of the COLING 2014 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex), August 2014, Dublin, Ireland. (pdf)

[3] Exploring Sensorial Features for Metaphor Identification, Serra Sinem Tekiroğlu, Gözde Özbal, and Carlo Strapparava. In Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2015 (2015) on The Third Workshop on Metaphor in NLP: 31, June 2015 Denver, Colorado, USA.  (pdf)

 

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