Modeling and Using Context

Volume 3554 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 396-409

In Defense of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition

How to Do Things with Words in Context
  • William J. RapaportAffiliated withDepartments of Computer Science and Engineering and Philosophy; Center for Cognitive Science, State University of New York at Buffalo

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Researchers in “contextual vocabulary acquisition” differ over the kinds of context involved in vocabulary learning, and the methods and benefits thereof. This paper presents a computational theory of contextual vocabulary acquisition, identifies the relevant notion of context, exhibits the assumptions behind some classic objections, and defends our theory against these objections.