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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 > "groundhog". > > > > 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 > ground?" > > ;-)
===== Philippe Caquant "High thoughts must have high language." (Aristophanes, Frogs) __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Finance Tax Center - File online. File on time.