On the role of Textual Connectives in Sentence Comprehension: a new Dataset for Italian

Abstract

In this paper we present a new evaluation resource for Italian aimed at assessing the role of textual connectives in the comprehension of the meaning of a sentence. The resource is arranged in two sections (acceptability assessment and cloze test), each one corresponding to a distinct challenge task conceived to test how subtle modifications involving connectives in real usage sentences influence the perceived acceptability of the sentence by native speakers and Neural Language Models (NLMs). Although the main focus is the presentation of the dataset, we also provide some preliminary data comparing human judgments and NLMs performance in the two tasks.

Publication
In Proceedings of the Eighth Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLiC-it 2021)
Alessio Miaschi
Alessio Miaschi
PhD Candidate in Computer Science