Semantic clause types and modality as features for argument analysis

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This article investigates the role of semantic clause types and modality in argumentative texts.

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Becker, Maria; Palmer, Alexis & Frank, Anette August 17, 2017.

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    Place of Publication: Fairfax, Virginia

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Abstract: This work investigates the role of semantic clause types and modality in argumentative texts. We annotate argumentative microtexts with situation entity (SE) classes and additionally label the segments that contain modal verbs with their modal senses. We analyse the correlation both of SE classes and of modal verbs and senses with components of argument structures (such as premises and conclusions) and their functions (such as support and rebuttal). We find interesting tendencies in the correlations between both argument components and argumentative functions with SE types.

We also see interesting differences in the distributions of modal verbs and senses within different argumentative components and functions, as well as evidence that modal senses can be helpful to distinguish conclusions and premises. We conclude that both semantic clause types and modal senses can be deployed for automatic recognition and fine-grained classification of argumentative text passages.

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  • Argument and Computation, 2017. Fairfax, VA: IOS Press

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  • Publication Title: Argument and Computation
  • Volume: 8
  • Pages: 95-112
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Becker, Maria; Palmer, Alexis & Frank, Anette. Semantic clause types and modality as features for argument analysis, article, August 17, 2017; Fairfax, Virginia. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc991479/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.