Re: Semantic lexicon, qualia and Pustejovsky
|From:||Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 9:53|
My original question was about the use of "qualia" to
define different kinds of definition.
- There is the "kind-of" definition, used for animals,
plants, geographical concepts etc (scientifical
- There is the "usage" definition, used for artefacts
- There is the "function" definition, applying to
human (social) beings; this looks a little like the
"usage" definition. The usage of a can-opener is to
open cans, the function of a postman is to deliver
- There are probably other kinds of definition, and
I'm trying to have a general view over all of them.
--- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:
> On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at 05:55 AM, Herman
> Miller wrote:
> > Chris Palmer wrote:
> >> Philippe Caquant writes:
> >>> brought back a wide question to my mind: what is
> definition ?
> >> Maybe the definition of a word is all the
> contexts it can be used in.
> > That's a good idea; it helps to distinguish words
> that otherwise have
> > identical meanings, like "woodchuck" and
> > How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a
> woodchuck could chuck wood?
> > *How much wood would a groundhog chuck, if a
> groundhog could chuck
> > wood?
> Shouldn't that be:
> "How much ground would a groundhog hog, if a
> groundhog could hog
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