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Re: [ontolog-forum] Current Semantic Web Layer pizza (was ckae)

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From: Sergei Nirenburg <sergei@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 12:22:05 -0400
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On Sep 5, 2007, at 12:12 PM, Duane Nickull wrote:    (01)

> Pat:
> Pet Hayes Schreibt:
>>> Semantics is always contextual.
>> Nonsense. Fortunately; because if it were true, semantics would be  
>> impossible.
>> This assertion is like the idea that all
>> assertions are contexual. It sounds plausible,
>> but that 'all' makes it (literally) incoherent.
> In general, I suspect I should have not used the "always" word but  
> I still
> believe that the context in which an instance of something occurs  
> has a
> great deal of impact on the semantics (what the thing means),  
> albeit perhaps
> not in 100% of instances.  My grammar is generally bad.    (02)

Context is crucial for establishing which of the typically many  
possible semantic
interpretations to assign to an element (lexeme, phrase, sentence,  
etc.) of natural
language. So the semantic structure itself does not depend on the  
context. Its
detection/construction/selection process is.    (03)

Of course, this discussion might not necessarily concentrate on  
natural language.
So, possibly, the above is not fully relevant.     (04)

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