Anda Baklāne (National Library of Latvia)

Semantic Domains of Fire and Ice in Latvian 20th-Century Poetry: Comparison of Manual Annotation of Metaphors and word2vec Word Associations

In the vocabulary of 20th-century Latvian poetry (1920-1999), words “fire“ and “ice“ are among the most popular terms that are used as tropes to talk about emotions and ideas. The paper presents and compares the results of subjective manual annotation of metaphoric meanings of these terms and the results of the analysis of word associations of fire, ice, as well as several other temperature-related terms produced by the word2vec word embeddings. The investigation joins broader discussion about the possibilities of automatic detection of the target domains of metaphors in poetic texts.