Accession Number : AD0635203

Title :   MORE ON UNDERSTANDING UNDERSTANDING UTTERANCES.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper.

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Ziff, Paul

Report Date : 08 JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : The question as to how hearers are able to understand correctly utterances containing polysemous words can be clarified by considering what would be involved in providing an automation with a comparable ability to resolve polysemy. It is clear that such an automation would have to be able to analyze utterances syntactically and to ascertain whether any of certain standard discourse operators had been applied in the generation of an utterance, e.g., operators corresponding to tropes, nonce usage, etc. But there are a number of other factors that impinge upon the resolution of polysemy. One of these pertains to coherence in discourse, another to matters of general belief. As an approach to dealing with these additional factors, a vectorial analysis of word senses and a new relation of logical implication are proposed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SEMANTICS, *ENGLISH LANGUAGE), REASONING, VOCABULARY, LINGUISTICS, AUTOMATA

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE