VEGEDOG: Formalism, vegetarian dogs, and partonomies in transition: formalism, vegetarian dogs, and partonomies in transition

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Abstract

The pragmatics of'vegetarian' and 'carnivorous' exhibits an asymmetry that we put in evidence by analyzing a newspaper report about vegetarian dogowners imposing a vegetarian diet on their pet.s. More fundamental is the problem of partonomy versus containment, for which we attempt a naive but formal analysis applied to ingestion and the food chain, an issvie we derive from the same text analyzed. Our formal tools belong in commonsense modelling, a domain of artificial intelligence related t,o extra-linguistic knowledge and pragmatics. We first provide an interpretation of events analyzed, and express it graphically in a semantic-network related representation. Then we criticize that intepretation, and propose an alternative that we express in terms of a modal logic, avoiding the full representational power of Hayes's "ontology for liquids". Keywords: semantic networks, modal logic, common sense.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)79-104
Number of pages26
JournalComputers and Artificial Intelligence
Volume16
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

Keywords

  • semantic networks
  • modal logic
  • common sense

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