Thursday, August 18, 2016

How do we take the measure of a word?

I was stuck on this for a long time but I now believe the answer is:
 - Within a hierarchy of word categories that surround the word in a particular semantic frame. The location of a word in this hierarchy is thoroughly analogous to how numbers are located in smaller and smaller half intervals of [0,1]. But words by themselves are not infinitely subdivisible.

1 comment:

  1. I imagined an article called "How do we take the measure of a word? - An analogy between words and spatial points."
    First sentence: The reason an analogy between words and points is of interest is because, once established, it sets the stage for applying geometric ideas to the study of language.