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Oxford Quantum Talks Archive

Language as an algebra

Daoud Clarke, University of Hertfordshire
Flowin'Cat 2010, October 2010, University of Oxford

In this talk I will introduce Context-theoretic Semantics, which proposes that meanings of words can be considered as elements of an algebra over a field, with composition of meaning given by the multiplication in the algebra. This idea results from a mathematical model of meaning as context, in which the meanings of words are determined by their occurrences in a hypothetical infinite corpus.

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