Paper: On The Acquisition Of Lexical Entries: The Perceptual Origin Of Thematic Relations

ACL ID P87-1024
Title On The Acquisition Of Lexical Entries: The Perceptual Origin Of Thematic Relations
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1987
Authors

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 rela- tions, 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 acqui- sition for children.