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VegeDog: Formalism, vegetarian dogs, and partonomies in transition

VegeDog: Formalism, vegetarian dogs, and partonomies in transition

Nissan, E. and Shimony, S.E. (1997) VegeDog: Formalism, vegetarian dogs, and partonomies in transition. Computers and Artificial Intelligence, 16 (1). pp. 79-104. ISSN 0232-0274

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The pragmatics of 'vegetarian' and 'carnivorous' exhibits an asymmetry that we put in evidence by analyzing a newspaper report about vegetarian dog-owners imposing a vegetarian diet on their pets. More fundamental is the problem of partonomy versus containment, for which we attempt a naive but formal analysis applied to ingestion and the food chain, an issue we derive from the same text analyzed. Our formal tools belong in commonsense modelling, a domain of artificial intelligence related to extra-linguistic knowledge and pragmatics. We first provide an interpretation of events analyzed, and express it graphically in a semantic-network related representation, and propose an alternative that we express in terms of a modal logic, avoiding the full representational power of Hayes's "ontology for liquids".

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Computers and Artificial Intelligence has been published as Computing and Informatics since 2000.
Uncontrolled Keywords: vegetarian, diet, dogs, partonomies
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
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