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Re: [ontolog-forum] Case realtions as Practical Semantic Primitives - wa

To: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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From: bateman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:52:16 +0200
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John S.:    (01)

***    (02)

Philosophers don't deserve special credit for not being familiar with
the literature.    (03)

***    (04)

true enough and the historical notes are useful; but if we play the
historical precedent game too far we probably always end up back with
the same usual suspects. Remember that one of the main points about
the so-called Davidsonian approach (or the Neo-Davidsonian approach
that folks actually use these days) is not only its quantifying
over events, nor its identifying of generalised actant roles for
the relations between events and participants in the events, but
its basis for a rigorously specified compositional semantics closely
linking surface form and semantic interpretation. This was a major
step forward and the main reason why most would adopt a
Neo-Davidsonian account today ... we were also using pretty much
the same representation throughout our natural language generation
work of the late 1980s and 1990s but don't worry too much about
it now being called Neo-Davidsonian! Shows we were on the right
track any way :-)    (05)

John B.    (06)

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