Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition:

Last Update: 16 May 2011

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Major Documents

  1. Ehrlich, Karen (1995), "Automatic Vocabulary Expansion through Narrative Context", Technical Report 95-09 (Buffalo: SUNY Buffalo Department of Computer Science).

  2. Ehrlich, Karen, & Rapaport, William J. (1997), A Computational Theory of Vocabulary Expansion", Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Stanford University) (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates): 205-210.

  3. Rapaport, William J., & Ehrlich, Karen (2000), "A Computational Theory of Vocabulary Acquisition", in Lucja M. Iwanska & Stuart C. Shapiro (eds.), Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Representation: Language for Knowledge and Knowledge for Language (Menlo Park, CA/Cambridge, MA: AAAI Press/MIT Press): 347-375.

  4. Rapaport, William J., & Kibby, Michael W. (2001), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: Development of a Computational Theory and Educational Curriculum: Description of Revised Scope of Project for Pilot-Project Purposes"

  5. Rapaport, William J., & Kibby, Michael W. (2002a), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: A Computational Theory and Educational Curriculum", in Nagib Callaos, Ana Breda, and Ma. Yolanda Fernandez J. (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (SCI 2002; Orlando, FL) (Orlando: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics), Vol. II: Concepts and Applications of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics I, pp. 261-266.

  6. Rapaport, William J., & Kibby, Michael W. (2002b), "ROLE: Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: From Algorithm to Curriculum".

  7. Rapaport, William J. (2003), "What Is the `Context' for Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition?" (PDF), in Peter P. Slezak (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Cognitive Science/7th Australasian Society for Cognitive Science Conference (ICCS/ASCS-2003; Sydney, Australia) (Sydney: University of New South Wales), Vol. 2, pp. 547-552.

  8. Ehrlich, Karen (2004), "Default Reasoning Using Monotonic Logic: Nutter's Modest Proposal Revisited, Revised, and Implemented" [PDF], Proceedings of the 15th Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference (MAICS 2004, Roosevelt University): 48-54.

  9. Ehrlich, Karen, & Rapaport, William J. (2004), "A Cycle of Learning: Human and Artificial Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition" [PDF], Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005): 1555

  10. Rapaport, William J. (2005), "In Defense of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: How to Do Things with Words in Context", in A. Dey et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (Context-05) (Berlin: Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 3554): 396-409.

  11. Shapiro, Stuart C.; Rapaport, William J.; Kandefer, Michael; Johnson, Frances L.; & Goldfain, Albert (2007), "Metacognition in SNePS", AI Magazine 28(1) (Spring): 17-31.

  12. Kibby, Michael (2007), "Lean Back and Think", .edu Alumni Newsletter of the UB Graduate School of Education (Spring): 13,20.

  13. Rapaport, William J.; & Kibby, Michael W. (2007), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition as Computational Philosophy and as Philosophical Computation", Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence: 19(1) (March): 1-17.

  14. Kibby, Michael W.; Rapaport, William J.; Wieland, Karen M.; & Dechert, Debra A. (2008), "Play Lesson 4: CSI: Contextual Semantic Investigation", in Lawrence Baines (ed.), A Teacher's Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development): 163-173.

  15. Wieland, Karen M. (2008), "Toward a Unified Model of Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition", unpublished PhD dissertation (Buffalo: SUNY Buffalo Department of Learning and Instruction).

  16. Rapaport, William J.; & Kibby, Michael W. (submitted, 2010), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: From Algorithm to Curriculum".

Progress Reports

NOTE: Also see the reports on individual words, located in "Words and Contexts"

  1. Adams, Brandi K. (2003), "Metaphorical Word Usage Acquisition through a Humorous Context"

  2. Ahmed, Adel (2003), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: Inferring the Meaning of the Verb `Cripple' from Context" (PDF)

  3. Anger, Brian D. (2003), "Understanding It All: Defining "Pyrrhic Victory" from Context" [PDF]

  4. Axtell, Shane (2006), "Demonstrating Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition by Computing the Meaning of sardonic using CASSIE"

  5. Basapur, Santosh (2002), Verbal Protocol as a Research Tool for Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition Studies".

  6. Becker, Chris (2003), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: On a Representation of Everything but the Word `Pry'" (.doc format)

  7. Becker, Chris (2004), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition; Contextual Information in Verb Contexts: From Analysis to Algorithm" [postscript]

  8. Becker, Chris (2004), "Construction and Analysis of an LKB Grammar" [PDF].

  9. Becker, Chris (2005), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition of Verbs" [PDF]

  10. Bona, Jonathan (2003), "Cassie Reads Sci-Fi: Determining the Meaning of the Fictional Noun "Maker" from Context" [PDF]

  11. Broklawski, Marc K. (2002), "Computational Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: A Noun Algorithm" (Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)

  12. Burns, T.J. (2006), "A Step towards Adverbs: Defining 'emvasally' ['in the red'] using Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition and the SNePS KRR System" [PDF]

  13. NEW
    Calderon, Douglas (2011), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: ‘perambulate’" [pdf]

  14. Chi, Chienchi (2001), "Learning New Words in SNePS" (.doc file)

  15. Del Vecchio, Justin M. (2002a), "A Computational Definition of `Proliferate'" (Postscript .ps format)

  16. Del Vecchio, Justin M. (2002b), "A Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition Algorithm for Verbs, Implemented in SNePS" (Postscript .ps format)

  17. Del Vecchio, Justin M. (2003), "Summary of Research on Verb Algorithm Enhancements" (PDF)

  18. Devensky, Charlotte (2003), "The Decipherment of `Detritus' from a Context" (.doc).

  19. Dligach, Dmitriy (2004), "SNePS and WordNet: Using WordNet as a Source of Background Knowledge in Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition" [PDF]

  20. NEW
    Doell, Richard F. (2011), "Contextually Defining ‘Gnomic’ and Thoughts on Adjective Algorithms" [pdf]

  21. Duncan, Bill (2008), "A SNePS Representation for Computationally Determining the Meaning of "Aphelion Point" from Context".

  22. Ekeh, Anthony (2003), "Sagacity: The Use of Context Clues to Derive the Meaning of an Unknown Word".

  23. Galko, Jeffrey (2002), "Other Things Detritus: Progress Report on Detritus Passage Number 1" [.doc format]

  24. Garver, Christopher (2002), "Adjective Representation in Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition" (MS Word .doc format)

  25. Goldfain, Albert (2003), "Computationally Defining "Harbinger" via Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition" [PDF]

  26. Goldfain, Albert (2004), "Using SNePS for Mathematical Cognition: A SNeRE Based Natural Language Algorithm for Computing GCD" [PDF]

  27. NEW
    Griswold, Bethany (2011), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition—Defining ‘Sedum’ from Context" [pdf]

  28. Hede, Jesper (2008), "Pondokkie"

  29. Heider, Paul M. (2007), "Jabberwocky: Using Context Clues to Find Meaning in "Nonsensical Speech" "

  30. Hoellig, Peter (2008), "Performing Computational Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition to Define "Hysteria" "

  31. Howell, Jeffrey (2007), "Defining "Bartizan" through Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition"

  32. Hsieh, Steven J. (2010), "Defining and Revising Prior Beliefs about ‘quarrels’ through Computational Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition with SNePS and SNeBR" [.docx]

  33. Lammert, Adam (2002), "Defining Adjectives through Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition"

  34. Lei, Hansheng (2003), "Understanding Word "Maul" from Passage by SNePS" [PDF]

  35. NEW
    Mostafi, Areea (2011), "CVA: Defining ‘Ravage’ using the Semantic Network SNePS" [pdf]

  36. Meng, Nan (2008), "Computationally Defining "Pateroller" via Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition"

  37. Mudiyanur, Rashmi (2004), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: An Attempt to Derive the Meaning of the Word "Impasse" from Context"

  38. Napieralski, Scott (2002a), "Representation of `Proximity' for Evaluation by a Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition Algorithm" (Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)

  39. Napieralski, Scott (2002b), "An Enhanced Noun Definition Algorithm" (Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)

  40. Napieralski, Scott (2002c), "Progress of the Noun Definition Algorithm during the Fall 2002 Semester" (PDF)

  41. Napieralski, Scott (2003), "Current State of the Noun Definition Algorithm and Associated Demonstrations" (PDF)

  42. Petrova, Nyurguyana (2007a), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition: CASSIE Learns to Figure Out a Meaning of an Adjective Importunate from Context" [PDF]

  43. Petrova, Nyurguyana (2007b), "Natural Language Processing Based on ATN and SNePS" [PDF]

  44. Phillips, David (2003), "Computational Acquisition of the Meaning of `Evidence'".

  45. Rao, Vikranth B. (2002), "Natural Language Processing without Human Assistance: ‘Brachet’ Demo" (.doc format)

  46. NEW
    Rosebrough, Philip (2011), "Inferring the Meaning of the Adjective ‘Dour’ from Context" [pdf]

  47. Salazar, Joe (2006), "Defining 'labyrinth' through Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition" [PDF]

  48. Salazar, Joe (2007), "The Verb Algorithm in the SNePS Rational Engine" [PDF]

  49. Sato, Masashi (2003), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition of the Verb "Fold" " [PDF]

  50. Shah, Ashwin (2002), "Representation of the Word 'Sedative'" (.doc file)

  51. Shenoy, Anuroopa (2002), "Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition using OpenCyc" (PDF).

  52. NEW
    Singh, Divakar Dev (2011), "Computationally Defining ‘Oam’ via Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition" [pdf]

  53. NEW
    Song, Yalei (2011), "The Meaning of ‘Xeric’ from Context" [pdf]

  54. Sood, Rajeev (2002), "Verb Acquisition in Computational Cognitive Agents" (Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)

  55. Sutanto, Lunarso (2003), "Inferring the Meaning of "Quail" " [PDF]

  56. Sweeney, Matthew (2002), "Maximizing the Accuracy of the Retrieved Definition of `Estuary' from Contextual Information" (MS Word .doc format).

  57. Ugrasenan Santha, Ananthakrishnan (2003a), "Acquiring Meanings of Adjectives from Context" (PDF).

  58. Ugrasenan Santha, Ananthakrishnan (2003b), "Deducing Verb Meanings from Context" [PDF]

  59. White, John (2007), "Deciphering the Meaning of 'Foist'" [.doc].

  60. Zorn, Mark (2006), "Revealing Nadsat: Defining Words of a Fictional Language through Contextual Vocabulary Acquisition"

Papers on the Antecedents of Our CVA Project and on the Associated Theory of Syntactic Semantics

  1. Rapaport, William J. (1981), "How to Make the World Fit Our Language: An Essay in Meinongian Semantics", Grazer Philosophische Studien 14: 1-21.

  2. Rapaport, William J. (1988), "Syntactic Semantics: Foundations of Computational Natural-Language Understanding", in James H. Fetzer (ed.), Aspects of Artificial Intelligence (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers): 81-131.

  3. Rapaport, William J. (1995), "Understanding Understanding: Syntactic Semantics and Computational Cognition", in James E. Tomberlin (ed.), AI, Connectionism, and Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Perspectives Vol. 9 (Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview): 49-88.

  4. Rapaport, William J. (1996, in preparation), Understanding Understanding: Semantics, Computation, and Cognition; pre-printed as Technical Report 96-26 (Buffalo: SUNY Buffalo Department of Computer Science).

  5. Rapaport, William J. (1999), "Implementation Is Semantic Interpretation", The Monist 82: 109-130.

  6. Rapaport, William J. (2000), "How to Pass a Turing Test: Syntactic Semantics, Natural-Language Understanding, and First-Person Cognition", Special Issue on Alan Turing and Artificial Intelligence, Journal of Logic, Language, and Information 9(4): 467-490.

  7. Rapaport, William J. (2002), "Holism, Conceptual-Role Semantics, and Syntactic Semantics", Minds and Machines 12(1): 3-59.

  8. Rapaport, William J. (2003), "What Did You Mean by That? Misunderstanding, Negotiation, and Syntactic Semantics", Minds and Machines 13(3): 397-427.

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