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Benefactive/Malefactive Event and Writer Attitude Annotation

Lingjia Deng, Yoonjung Choi and Janyce Wiebe

The 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Short Papers (ACL Short Papers 2013)
Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013


This paper presents an annotation scheme for events that negatively or positively affect entities (benefactive/malefactive events) and for the attitudes of the writer toward their agents and objects. Work on opinion and sentiment tends to focus on explicit expressions of opinions. However, many attitudes are conveyed implicitly, and benefactive/malefactive events are important for inferring implicit attitudes. We describe an annotation scheme and give the results of an inter-annotator agreement study.

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