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BBN Technologies awarded intelligence funding for metaphor research
by Staff Writers
Cambridge, MA (SPX) May 16, 2012

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), via the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), has awarded Raytheon BBN Technologies $2.5 million in funding under the METAPHOR program. BBN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon.

The Raytheon BBN team's goal is to create analysis tools and techniques that provide insight into the underlying beliefs and worldviews that metaphors reveal. The system will automatically find, identify and categorize linguistic metaphors in large amounts of foreign language text.

"Awareness and understanding of metaphors will provide novel insight into underlying cultural beliefs," said Prem Natarajan, head of speech and language processing for Raytheon BBN Technologies.

"The ability to recognize and categorize these subtle and often unnoticed cultural metaphors in native-language text is an extremely difficult and multifaceted technology challenge."

Under the contract, Raytheon BBN will:

+ Develop tools and techniques to identify, qualify and categorize metaphors;

+ Build a metaphor repository that identifies and links key elements of linguistic metaphors to the conceptual metaphor;

+ Develop a fully functional metaphorical language analysis system.


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