Paper: On The Existence Of Primitive Meaning Units

ACL ID P80-1003
Title On The Existence Of Primitive Meaning Units
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980

Knowledge representation schemes are either based on a set of primitives or not. The decision of whether or not to have a primitive-based scheme is crucial since it affects the knowledge that is stored and how that knowledge may be processed. We suggest that a knowledge representation scheme may not initially have primitives, but may evolve into a prlmltive-based scheme by inferring a set of primitive meaning units based on previous experience. We describe a program that infers its own primitive set and discuss how the inferred primitives may affect the organization of existing information and the subsequent incorporation of new information. i. DECIDING HOW TO REPRESENT KNOWLEDGE A crucial decision in the design of a knowledge repre- sentation is whether to base it on primitives. A prim- i...