Don't Blame Distributional Semantics if it can't do Entailment

WS 2019 Matthijs WesteraGemma Boleda

Distributional semantics has had enormous empirical success in Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science in modeling various semantic phenomena, such as semantic similarity, and distributional models are widely used in state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing systems. However, the theoretical status of distributional semantics within a broader theory of language and cognition is still unclear: What does distributional semantics model?.. (read more)

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