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Re: Artificial Language : How does it work please?

From:Josh Brandt-Young <neonwave7@...>
Date:Thursday, November 12, 1998, 4:49
On Wed, 11 Nov 1998 18:46:06 -0500 Bryan Maloney <bjm10@...>

>Furthermore, how much "animal" must something be to be "animal" and >how >much not?
Yes, there is potential for ambiguity here--but I don't believe that problem could ever be solved. There are infinite degrees of almost everything, that could never be listed. WordNet simply chooses the most logical broad categories...and I believe its creators used a fairly standard method of deciding what those categories would be.
>Wait, let's try "over there, sort of". How about "game" (to pick my >favorite Wittgenstien II example).
What exactly does "over there, sort of" mean? "Game," though, has the following entry in WordNet: ---------- The noun game has 8 senses (first 8 from tagged texts) 1. game -- (a single play of a game; "the game lasted 2 hours") 2. game -- (a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game") 3. game -- (an amusement or pastime; "he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time"; "his life was all fun and games") 4. game -- (animal hunted for food or sport) 5. game -- (the equipment needed to play a game; "the child received several games for his birthday") 6. game -- (the score needed to win a game; "he is serving for the game") 7. game, biz -- (informal terms for your occupation; "he's in the plumbing game"; "she's in show biz") 8. game -- (the flesh of wild animals that is used for food) The verb game has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts) 1. bet on, back, gage, stake, game, punt -- (place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?" "I'm betting on the new horse") The adj game has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts) 1. game, gamy, gamey, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky -- (willing to face danger) ---------- WordNet is on the web somewhere, though I'm not sure where anymore. You should be able to find it with a search, I think... ---------- Josh Brandt-Young <neonwave7@...> "After the tempest, I behold, once more, the weasel." (Mispronunciation of Ancient Greek) ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]