Cognitive Modeling and Verbal Semantics: A Representational Framework Based on UML

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Overview

This book presents a unique approach towards the study of verbal meaning. It develops a frame-work for capturing the semantics of verbs that is based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the lingua franca for the design and modeling of object-oriented systems in computer science. The new graphical framework combines formal precision with conceptual flexibility and allows the representation of very complicated details of verbal meaning, thereby offering a solution for different semantic problems such as polysemy and context-dependency. Besides the framework's development, the book contains a cognitive interpretation of important modeling elements, a discussion of general issues in connection with and well-elaborated applications of the framework. Since the framework is graphical in nature, the book contains many annotated figures, and the framework's modeling elements are illustrated by example diagrams. Not only scholars working in the field of linguistics, in particular insemantics, will find this book illuminating because of its new graphical approach, but also researchers of cognitive science, computational linguistics and computer science in general will surely appreciate it.

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Meet the Author

Andrea C. Schalley is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New England, Australia.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Survey of research positions 10
3 Introducing the UER 75
4 Basic concepts of the UER 87
5 Advanced concepts of the UER 136
6 Interpretation of UER concepts 181
7 General issues 233
8 Application I : eventity classification 251
9 Application II : the polysemy of German setzen 281
10 Epilog 326
A The notational elements of the UER 329
UER index 419
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