Meaning Relations, Syntax, and Understanding

Mondal, Prakash (2022) Meaning Relations, Syntax, and Understanding. Axiomathes, 32 (3). pp. 459-475. ISSN 1122-1151

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This paper revisits the conception of intelligence and understanding as embodied in the Turing Test. It argues that a simple system of meaning relations drawn from words/lexical items in a natural language and framed in terms of syntax-free relations in linguistic texts can help ground linguistic inferences in a manner that can be taken to be 'understanding' in a mechanized system. Understanding in this case is a matter of running through the relevant inferences meaning relations allow for, and some of these inferences are plain deductions and some can serve to act as abductions. Understanding in terms of meaning relations also supervenes on linguistic syntax because such understanding cannot be simply reduced to syntactic relations. The current approach to meaning and understanding thus shows that this is one way, if not the only way, of (re)framing Alan Turing's original insight into the nature of thinking in computing systems.

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Mondal, Prakash
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meaning; Meaning relations; Syntax; Turing test; Understanding
Subjects: Literature
Social sciences
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 04:56
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