Word Senses

  • Adam Kilgarriff
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 33)

The trouble with word sense disambiguation is word senses. There are no decisive ways of identifying where one sense of a word ends and the next begins. This makes the definition of the WSD task problematic. In this chapter we explore the limits of the construct “word sense”, gathering evidence from lexicographers and philosophers, by considering cases of metaphor, quotation, and reasoning from general knowledge, which sit at the margins of what a lexicographer might classify as a distinct word sense.


Word Meaning Word Sense Word Sense Disambiguation Frame Semantic Contrasting Account 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  • Adam Kilgarriff
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  1. 1.Lexical Computing Ltd.UK

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