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The '''Distributional Hypothesis''' in Linguistics is that words that occur in the same contexts tend to have similar meanings (Harris, 1954). The underlying idea that "a word is characterized by the company it keeps" was popularized by Firth (1957). The Distributional Hypothesis is the basis for [[Statistical Semantics]]. Although the Distributional Hypothesis originated in Linguistics, it is now receiving attention in Cognitive Science (McDonald and Ramscar, 2001).
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The '''Distributional Hypothesis''' is that words that occur in the same contexts tend to have similar meanings (Harris, 1954). The underlying idea that "a word is characterized by the company it keeps" was popularized by Firth (1957), and it is implicit in Weaver's (1955) discussion of [[Word Sense Disambiguation|word sense disambiguation]] (originally written as a memorandum, in 1949). The Distributional Hypothesis is the basis for [[Statistical Semantics]]. Although the Distributional Hypothesis originated in Linguistics, it is now receiving attention in Cognitive Science (McDonald and Ramscar, 2001).
  
 
==See also==
 
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*[http://www.dmi.columbia.edu/zellig/ Zellig S. Harris]
 
*[http://www.dmi.columbia.edu/zellig/ Zellig S. Harris]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._Firth J.R. Firth]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._Firth J.R. Firth]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Weaver Warren Weaver]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 18:00, 16 November 2006

The Distributional Hypothesis is that words that occur in the same contexts tend to have similar meanings (Harris, 1954). The underlying idea that "a word is characterized by the company it keeps" was popularized by Firth (1957), and it is implicit in Weaver's (1955) discussion of word sense disambiguation (originally written as a memorandum, in 1949). The Distributional Hypothesis is the basis for Statistical Semantics. Although the Distributional Hypothesis originated in Linguistics, it is now receiving attention in Cognitive Science (McDonald and Ramscar, 2001).

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  • Firth, J.R. (1957). A synopsis of linguistic theory 1930-1955. In Studies in Linguistic Analysis, pp. 1-32. Oxford: Philological Society. Reprinted in F.R. Palmer (ed.), Selected Papers of J.R. Firth 1952-1959, London: Longman (1968).
  • Harris, Z. (1954). Distributional structure. Word, 10(23): 146-162.