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The Role of Attributional and Distributional Information in Semantic Representation
 

Summary: The Role of Attributional and Distributional Information in Semantic
Representation
Mark Andrews (mark@gatsby.ucl.ac.uk)
Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London
London, WC1N 3AR
Gabriella Vigliocco (g.vigliocco@ucl.ac.uk)
David Vinson (d.vinson@ucl.ac.uk)
Department of Psychology, University College London
London, WC1E 6BT
Abstract
In recent studies of semantic representation, two distinct
sources of information from which we can learn word
meanings have been described. We refer to these as at-
tributional and distributional information sources. At-
tributional information describes the attributes or fea-
tures associated with referents of words, and is acquired
from our interactions with the world. Distributional in-
formation describes the distribution of words across dif-
ferent linguistic contexts, and is acquired through our
use of language. While previous work has concentrated

  

Source: Andrews, Mark W. - Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences, University College London
Vigliocco, Gabriella - Department of Psychology, University College London

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences