Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Institut für Computerlinguistik

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Figurative Language Resolution

Module Description

Course Module Abbreviation Credit Points
BA-2010[100%|75%] CS-CL 6 LP
BA-2010[50%] BS-CL 6 LP
BA-2010[25%] BS-AC 4 LP
BA-2010 AS-FL 8 LP
Master SS-CL, SS-FAL 8LP
Lecturer Katja Markert
Module Type Proseminar / Hauptseminar
Language English
First Session 19.04.2021
Time and Place Monday, 16:15-17:45, Online
Commitment Period tbd.

Prerequisite for Participation

For MA Students: none.
For BA Students: ECL, Semantik


  • Active Participation
  • Presentation
  • Second presentation, term paper or implementation project


Figurative Language such as metaphor, irony, metonymy or idioms, is not just frequent but also a fundamental cognitive mechanism that structures conceptual domains. Psycholinguistic research showed that metaphorical framing influences human inference processes. (Thibodeau und Boroditsky, 2013).

The resolution of figurative language was for a long time far behind other NLP topics, with regards to robustness, scalability and evaluation standards. This has changed in the last years due to the IARPA metaphor program, regular "Metaphor in NLP" workshops and shared tasks in the recognition of most types of figurative language.

This seminar will look at linguistic and cognitive background to figurative language, the development of annotated corpora as well as algorithms for processing a wide variety of figurative language types, including metaphor, irony, metonymy and idioms. The algorithms range from AI-based algorithms to approaches rooted in distributional semantics or neural and transformer-based approaches. We will also include multimodal and multilingual approaches.

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