In Defense of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition

How to Do Things with Words in Context
  • William J. Rapaport
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11508373_30

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3554)
Cite this paper as:
Rapaport W.J. (2005) In Defense of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition. In: Dey A., Kokinov B., Leake D., Turner R. (eds) Modeling and Using Context. CONTEXT 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3554. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Rapaport
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  1. 1.Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Philosophy; Center for Cognitive ScienceState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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