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- ...I examined the concept, 'word sense'. It was not found to be sufficiently well-defined to be a workable basic unit of meaning.
- in I don't believe in word senses (1997), p. 25
- It leaves me wanting to rejoice – isn’t language wonderful, that we can do all these different things with it!
- I often think, if NLP people put as much effort into the training data as the algorithms, our systems would perform much better.
- 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.