Clifton James McFate

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The naturalness of qualitative reasoning suggests that qualitative representations might be an important component of the semantics of natural language. Prior work showed that framebased representations of qualitative process theory constructs could indeed be extracted from natural language texts. That technique relied on the parser recognizing specific(More)
A robust dictionary of semantic frames is an essential element of natural language understanding systems that use ontologies. However, creating lexical resources that accurately capture semantic representations en masse is a persistent problem. Where the sheer amount of content makes hand creation inefficient, computerized approaches often suffer from over(More)
The creativity of natural language poses a significant theoretical problem. One example of this is denominal verbs (those derived from nouns) such as spoon in “She spooned me some sugar”. Traditional generative approaches typically posit a unique entry in the lexicon for this usage, though this approach has difficulty scaling. Construction Grammar has(More)
Non-canonical constructions differ from canonical structures in that they carry extra pragmatic meaning relating their arguments to the current discourse. One important question is how language users learn the pragmatic relationships that govern these variations. This paper proposes that these relationships can be learned through analogical generalization(More)
Several theories about Theory of Mind (ToM) have been proposed. The most well-known of these are Theory Theory and Simulation Theory, although alternative and hybrid theories do exist. One such theory, proposed by Bach (2011, 2014), is based on the Structure-Mapping theory of analogy, which has been shown to play a key role in cognitive development. There(More)
One of the original motivations for qualitative reasoning was to capture the informal, intuitive notions about the continuous world that we all share, learned via a combination of experience and culture. For example, prior research suggests that qualitative dynamics can play an important role in natural language semantics. However, the constraints of(More)