Toy, Tolgahan
The standard approach to model how human beings understand natural languages is the symbolic, compositional approach according to which the meaning of a complex expression is a function of the meanings of its constituents. In other words, meaning plays a fundamental role in the model. In this work, because of the polysemous, flexible, dynamic, and contextual structure of natural languages, this approach is rejected. Instead, a connectionist model which eliminates the concept of meaning is proposed.


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Citation Formats
T. Toy, “A DEFENSE OF MEANING ELIMINATIVISM: A CONNECTIONIST APPROACH,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.