We quantify the lexical subjectivity of adjectives using a corpus-based method, and show for the first time that it correlates with noun concreteness in large corpora.
Concreteness, the degree to which language has a perceptible physical referent, and subjectivity, the extent to which linguistic meaning depends on the perspective of the speaker, are well established cognitive and linguistic notions.
Concreteness A large and growing body of empirical evidence indicates clear differences between concrete concepts, such as donut or hotdog and abstract concepts, such as guilt or obesity.
In addressing (l), we extracted the 2,000 highest-frequency nouns from the Brysbaert et al.
Figure 1: Top: Performance of features in predicting subjectivity labels from the Wilson et al.
We have shown that objective adjectives are most likely to modify concrete nouns, and that non-
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