In Defense of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition:. How to Do Things with Words in Context William J. Rapaport Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Philosophy, and Center for Cognitive Science State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 14260
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How to Do Thingswith Words in Context
William J. Rapaport
Department of Computer Science & Engineering,
Department of Philosophy, and Center for Cognitive Science
StateUniversityof New Yorkat Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
1. There came a white hart running into the hall with a white brachet next to him, and thirty couples of black hounds came running after them. 
18. The hart lay dead; a brachet was biting on his throat, and other hounds came behind.
A hart runs into King Arthur’s hall.A white brachet is next to the hart.The brachet bites the hart’s buttock.The knight picks up the brachet.The knight carries the brachet.The lady says that she wants the brachet.
The brachet bays at Sir Tor. [background knowledge: only hunting dogs bay]
--> (defineNoun "brachet")
Definition of brachet:
Class Inclusions: hound, dog,
Possible Actions: bite buttock, bay, hunt,
Possible Properties: valuable, small, white,
I.e. A brachet is a hound (a kind of dog) that can bite, bay, and hunt,
and that may be valuable, small, and white.
= A brachet is “a kind of hound which hunts by scent”
Co-text doesn’t suffice; prior knowledge needed
* Perfect understanding/dictionary definition not needed
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