|Title||Improving anaphora resolution by identifying animate entities in texts|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Evans, R, Orăsan, C|
|Conference Name||Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium (DAARC)|
|Conference Location||Lancaster, UK|
Some references to human beings can be identified in English texts using named entity (Chinchor, 1997) and pronoun recognition but in some genres this still leaves a large number of references to people unidentified. The remaining noun phrases have no overt marking as to their animacy and clues as to the appropriate classification of a NP as animate or inanimate are scarce in the surrounding textual material. In English anaphora resolution, recognition of the animacy of NPs improves the accuracy with which gender agreement restrictions can be enforced between pronouns and candidates.