On the Acquisition of Lexical Entries: The Perceptual Origin of Thematic Relations

  title={On the Acquisition of Lexical Entries: The Perceptual Origin of Thematic Relations},
  author={James Pustejovsky},
This paper describes a computational model of concept acquisition for natural language. We develop a theory of lexical semantics, the Eztended Aspect Calculus, which together with a ~maxkedness theory" for thematic relations, constrains what a possible word meaning can be. This is based on the supposition that predicates from the perceptual domain axe the primitives for more abstract relations. We then describe an implementation of this model, TULLY, which mirrors the stages of lexical… CONTINUE READING

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