Composing Conversational Negation

14 Jul 2021  ·  Razin A. Shaikh, Lia Yeh, Benjamin Rodatz, Bob Coecke ·

Negation in natural language does not follow Boolean logic and is therefore inherently difficult to model. In particular, it takes into account the broader understanding of what is being negated. In previous work, we proposed a framework for the negation of words that accounts for 'worldly context'. This paper extends that proposal now accounting for the compositional structure inherent in language within the DisCoCirc framework. We compose the negations of single words to capture the negation of sentences. We also describe how to model the negation of words whose meanings evolve in the text.

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