Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science
Costello, Fintan; Keane, Mark T. 'Polysemy in Conceptual Combination: Testing the Constraint Theory of Combination'. - Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science, TCD-CS-96-19, 1996, pp6
Computer Science Technical Report TCD-CS-96-19
Most novel noun-noun combinations are polysemous in that
they tend to suggest several possible meanings. A finger
cup can be a cup in which fingers are washed, a cup shaped
like a finger, a narrow cup and so on. In this paper, we
present a new theory of concept combination, the constraint
theory, that accounts for the polysemy of noun-noun
combinations. Constraint theory, which uses three
constraints (diagnosticity, plausibility and informativeness)
acting over a unitary mechanism that generates candidate
interpretations, makes certain predictions about the
polysemy of different combinations. In particular, it
predicts that combinations involving artifact terms should be
more polysemous than those involving natural kinds because
the former have functional models that promote multiple
interpretations. In a single experiment, this prediction is
confirmed along with other predictions about the types of
interpretation that tend to be produced.
Also in Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Stanford University, Calif., USA.
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