Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 383–392 | Cite as

NETMET: A program for generating and interpreting metaphors

  • Eric Steinhart


Metaphors have computable semantics. A program called NETMET both generates metaphors and produces partial literal interpretations of metaphors. NETMET is based on Kittay's semantic field theory of metaphor and Black's interaction theory of metaphor. Input to NETMET consists of a list of literal propositions. NETMET creates metaphors by finding topic and source semantic fields, producing an analogical map from source to topic, then generating utterances in which terms in the source are identified with or predicated of terms in the topic. Given a metaphor, NETMET utilizes if-then rules to generate the implication complex of that metaphor. The literal leaves of the implication complex comprise a partial literal interpretation.

Key words

metaphors semantics netmet analogy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Steinhart
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySUNY at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA

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