Adam Kilgarriff

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Adam Kilgarriff (12 February 1960 – 16 May 2015) was a corpus linguist, lexicographer and co-author of Sketch Engine.


  • ...I examined the concept, 'word sense'. It was not found to be sufficiently well-defined to be a workable basic unit of meaning.
  • It's like the 'normalisation' discussion because in both cases we dream of a 'true message' that, in the NLG case, we generate from, and in the normalisation and analysis cases, we normalise/analyse to. Of course the 'true message' is a fantasy, and what we think it should be will depend on our particular goals in our particular context.

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  • ...his contributions to lexicography, mainly in the form of Sketch Engine and its associated corpora, are immeasurable. Dictionaries now and far into the future are better for the work he has done.

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