Christopher Menzel wrote:
> Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
>> I wrote:
>>>> That is the point I thought should not be lost: Formalization turns
>>>> adjectives, including colour attribution, into predicates ("verbs").
>> Pat Hayes wrote:
>>> I wouldn't say for a second that predicates in FOL have any clear
>>> connection with verbs in English.
>> Upon reflection, I have to agree. Logical predicates seem to
>> represent nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs without prejudice.
> Not adverbs, typically. In a standard logical language, sentences like
> (1) John buttered the toast
> (2) John buttered the toast slowly
> would have to be represented using completely different predicates, one
> for "buttered" and another for "slowly buttered", e.g., "Bjt" and "Sjt"
> or "Buttered(john,thetoast)" and "SlowlyButtered(john,thetoast)". This
> is very unsatisfactory, however, as sentence (1) obviously follows from
> (2), whereas "Bjt" obviously does not follow from "Sjt". (01)
Chris is quite right, of course.
Having recently been exposed to some IKL-like phrasing, I have seen
things like: (02)
(WasSlowly (THAT (Buttered John Toast))) (03)
But that is most definitely NOT FOL. (04)
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