Re: on the meaning of 'word sense'

Ted Dunning writes:
> the fact is that most humans have very great difficulty performing
> sense disambiguation.  doesn't this seriously bring into whether the
> task is pertinent to language processing?

You might do me and other computational linguists a service by 
summarizing the psychological evidence you're referring to 
(and providing a reference or two to get started).  What sorts of
distinctions do humans find difficult to make?  --Surely not all 
lexical-semantic distinctions, or we'd never understand much of 

--John Nerbonne


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