In this paper we semi-automatically construct a multilingual lexicon for Maslow’s seven categories of needs. We then use the semi-automatically constructed lexicons and a metaphor recognition system to analyze the change in rate of the expression of needs in the presence of metaphor. We examine four languages, English, Farsi, Russian, and Spanish, and focus on metaphors whose target concept is related to poverty or taxation.


Target Domain Taxation Corpus Target Concept Word Sense Disambiguation Contemporary Theory 
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  • David B. Bracewell
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  1. 1.Language Computer CorporationRichardsonUSA

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