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dc.contributor.authorKeane, Mark T.
dc.contributor.authorCostello, Fintan
dc.date.accessioned2007-12-19T10:37:12Z
dc.date.available2007-12-19T10:37:12Z
dc.date.issued1996-12
dc.identifier.citationKeane, Mark T.; Costello, Fintan. ''Where do "Soccer Moms" Come From? : Cognitive Constraints on Noun-Noun Compounding in English'. - Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science, TCD-CS-96-18, 1996, pp5en
dc.identifier.otherTCD-CS-96-18
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/12898
dc.description.abstractEvery year new noun-noun combinations enter the English language and become common parlance; compounds like "notebook computer" and "soccer mom". But, why is one pair of words chosen rather than another pair ? For example,why do we not use "patio-tile computer" and "sports mother" ? Clearly, many factors influence the process. We concentrate on the cognitive factor of informativeness; namely, that a novel combination should convey its meaning unambiguously. Costello & Keane (1996) have shown that some classes of concept promote ambiguity (or polysemy) in novel nounnoun compounds; artifact and superordinate terms promote polysemy whereas natural-kind and basic-level terms do not. Here we show that the topology of these conceptual classes in a large corpus of familiar compounds indicates that they constrain the compounds that appear in a language.en
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dc.publisherTrinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Scienceen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesComputer Science Technical Reporten
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTCD-CS-96-18en
dc.relation.haspartTCD-CS-[no.]en
dc.subjectComputer Scienceen
dc.titleWhere do "Soccer Moms" Come From? : Cognitive Constraints on Noun-Noun Compounding in Englishen
dc.typeComputer Science Technical Reporten
dc.identifier.rssurihttps://www.cs.tcd.ie/publications/tech-reports/reports.96/TCD-CS-96-18.pdf


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