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    Semi-Productive Polysemy and Sense Extension.Ann Copestake & Ted Briscoe - 1995 - Journal of Semantics 12 (1):15-67.
    In this paper we discuss various aspects of systematic or conventional polysemy and their formal treatment within an implemented constraint-based approach to linguistic representation. We distinguish between two classes of systematic polysemy: constructional polysemy, where a single sense assigned to a lexical entry is contextually specialized, and sense extension, which predictably relates two or more senses. Formally the first case is treated as instantiation of an underspecified lexical entry and the second by use of lexical rules. The problems of distinguishing (...)
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    Language Learning, Power Laws, and Sexual Selection.Ted Briscoe - 2008 - Mind and Society 7 (1):65-76.
    I discuss the ubiquity of power law distributions in language organisation (and elsewhere), and argue against Miller’s (The mating mind: How sexual choice shaped the evolution of human nature, William Heinemann, London, 2000) argument that large vocabulary size is a consequence of sexual selection. Instead I argue that power law distributions are evidence that languages are best modelled as dynamical systems but raise some issues for models of iterated language learning.
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    Order Independent and Persistent Typed Default Unification.Alex Lascarides, Ted Briscoe, Nicholas Asher & Ann Copestake - 1996 - Linguistics and Philosophy 19 (1):1 - 90.
    We define an order independent version of default unification on typed feature structures. The operation is one where default information in a feature structure typed with a more specific type, will override default information in a feature structure typed with a more general type, where specificity is defined by the subtyping relation in the type hierarchy. The operation is also able to handle feature structures where reentrancies are default. We provide a formal semantics, prove order independence and demonstrate the utility (...)
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    Blocking.Ted Briscoe, Ann Copestake & Alex Lascarides - 1995 - In Patrick Saint-Dizier & Evelyne Viegas (eds.), Computational Lexical Semantics. Cambridge University Press.
  5. 13 Blocking.Ted Briscoe, Ann Copestake & Alex Lascarides - 1995 - In Patrick Saint-Dizier & Evelyne Viegas (eds.), Computational Lexical Semantics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 273.