Time: 15:30 – 17ː00
To understand the meaning of words we must map the arbitrary form of a word to its corresponding concept. In this talk I will discuss two current approaches to understanding word meaning: embodied and distributional approaches. Embodied theories propose that meaning requires mental simulation in the brain’s sensorimotor systems. Distributional theories on the other hand describe meaning in terms of statistical patterns in a language. These two approaches are typically described in opposition to each other, but in fact by combining the two forms of information we may have better semantic models. I conclude the talk by discussing integrated models of meaning that consider both embodied and linguistic information vital.