Meaning to Form: Measuring Systematicity as Information

ACL 2019 Tiago PimentelArya D. McCarthyDamián E. BlasiBrian RoarkRyan Cotterell

A longstanding debate in semiotics centers on the relationship between linguistic signs and their corresponding semantics: is there an arbitrary relationship between a word form and its meaning, or does some systematic phenomenon pervade? For instance, does the character bigram \textit{gl} have any systematic relationship to the meaning of words like \textit{glisten}, \textit{gleam} and \textit{glow}?.. (read more)

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