In Search of an Appropriate Abstraction Level for Motif Annotations

By Folgert Karsdorp, Peter van Kranenburg, Theo Meder, Dolf Trieschnigg and Antal van den Bosch

We present ongoing research on the role of motifs in oral transmission of stories. We assume that motifs constitute the primary building blocks of stories. On the basis of a quantitative analysis we show that the level of motif annotation utilized in the Aarne-Thompson-Uther folktale type catalogue is well suited to analyze two genres of folktales in terms of motif sequences. However, for the other five genres in the catalogue the annotation level is not apt, because it is unable to bring to front the commonalities between stories.

This paper will be presented at the LREC workshop Computational Models of Narrative on 16 and 17 May 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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