Illegal is not a Noun: Linguistic Form for Detection of Pejorative Nominalizations

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This paper focuses on a particular type of abusive language, targeting expressions in which typically neutral adjectives take on pejorative meaning when used as nouns.

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Palmer, Alexis; Robinson, Melissa & Phillips, Kristy August 2017.

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This paper focuses on a particular type of abusive language, targeting expressions in which typically neutral adjectives take on pejorative meaning when used as nouns.

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Abstract:This paper focuses on a particular type of abusive language, targeting expressions in which typically neutral adjectives take on pejorative meaning when used as nouns - compare gay people to the gays. We first collect and analyze a corpus of hand-curated, expert-annotated pejorative nominalizations for four target adjectives: female, gay, illegal, and poor. We then collect a second corpus of automatically-extracted and POS-tagged, crowd-annotated tweets. For both corpora, we find support for the hypothesis that some adjectives, when nominalized, take on negative meaning. The targeted constructions are non-standard yet widelyused, and part-of-speech taggers mistag some nominal forms as adjectives. We implement a tool called NomCatcher to correct these mistaggings, and find that the same tool is effective for identifying new adjectives subject to transformation via nominalization into abusive language.

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  • The First Workshop on Abusive Language Online, July 30-August 4, 2017. Vancouver, Canada.

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  • Publication Title: Proceedings of the First Workshop on Abusive Language Online
  • Pages: 91-100
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Palmer, Alexis; Robinson, Melissa & Phillips, Kristy. Illegal is not a Noun: Linguistic Form for Detection of Pejorative Nominalizations, paper, August 2017; Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc993398/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.