Toward Finegrained Annotation of Modality in Text

Abstract

We present a linguistically-informed schema for annotating modal expressions and describe its application to a subset of the MPQA corpus of English texts (Wiebe et al. 2005). The annotation is fine-grained in two respects: (i) in the range of expressions that are defined as modal targets and (ii) in the amount of information that is annotated for each target expression. We use inter-annotator reliability results to support a two-way distinction between priority and nonpriority modality types.

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