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How is meaning grounded in dictionary definitions?

How is meaning grounded in dictionary definitions?
How is meaning grounded in dictionary definitions?
Meaning cannot be based on dictionary def- initions all the way down: at some point the circularity of definitions must be bro- ken in some way, by grounding the mean- ings of certain words in sensorimotor cat- egories learned from experience or shaped by evolution. This is the “symbol ground- ing problem”. We introduce the concept of a reachable set — a larger vocabulary whose meanings can be learned from a smaller vo- cabulary through definition alone, as long as the meanings of the smaller vocabulary are themselves already grounded. We provide simple algorithms to compute reachable sets for any given dictionary.
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Blondin-Massé, Alexandre
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Chicoisne, Guillaume
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Gargouri, Yassine
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Harnad, Stevan
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Picard, Olivier
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Marcotte, Odile
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Blondin-Massé, Alexandre, Chicoisne, Guillaume, Gargouri, Yassine, Harnad, Stevan, Picard, Olivier and Marcotte, Odile (2008) How is meaning grounded in dictionary definitions? At Coling 2008. 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics: TextGraphs-3 Proceedings of the 3rd Textgraphs Workshop on Graph-Based Algorithms for Natural Language Processing, United Kingdom. 16 - 24 Aug 2008. , pp. 17-24.

Blondin-Massé, Alexandre, Chicoisne, Guillaume, Gargouri, Yassine, Harnad, Stevan, Picard, Olivier and Marcotte, Odile (2008) How is meaning grounded in dictionary definitions? At Coling 2008. 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics: TextGraphs-3 Proceedings of the 3rd Textgraphs Workshop on Graph-Based Algorithms for Natural Language Processing, United Kingdom. 16 - 24 Aug 2008. , pp. 17-24.

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Meaning cannot be based on dictionary def- initions all the way down: at some point the circularity of definitions must be bro- ken in some way, by grounding the mean- ings of certain words in sensorimotor cat- egories learned from experience or shaped by evolution. This is the “symbol ground- ing problem”. We introduce the concept of a reachable set — a larger vocabulary whose meanings can be learned from a smaller vo- cabulary through definition alone, as long as the meanings of the smaller vocabulary are themselves already grounded. We provide simple algorithms to compute reachable sets for any given dictionary.

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Published date: August 2008
Venue - Dates: Coling 2008. 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics: TextGraphs-3 Proceedings of the 3rd Textgraphs Workshop on Graph-Based Algorithms for Natural Language Processing, United Kingdom, 2008-08-16 - 2008-08-24
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 343606
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343606
ISBN: 978-1-905593-57-6
PURE UUID: 2a1cfdf2-0c53-4754-a4a8-74d45b02b103

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2012 16:58
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:21

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Author: Alexandre Blondin-Massé
Author: Guillaume Chicoisne
Author: Yassine Gargouri
Author: Stevan Harnad
Author: Olivier Picard
Author: Odile Marcotte

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