Exploring Semantic Concreteness and Abstractness for Metaphor Identification and Beyond
The paper presents a method for computing indexes of semantic concreteness and abstractness in two languages (Russian and English). These indexes are used in metaphor identification experiments in both languages; the results are either comparable to or surpass pervious work and the baselines. We analyze the obtained indexes of concreteness and abstractness to see how they align with the linguistic intuitions about the corresponding semantic categories. The results of the analysis may have broader implications for computational studies of the semantics of concreteness and abstractness.