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Re: The RDF Approach to Indicating Language-In-Use

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 10:32:31 +0000
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To: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: public-sw-meaning@w3.org

At 10:15 06/11/03 -0600, pat hayes wrote:
>In passing, I would like to avoid this terminology where we talk about 
>*kinds* of meanings, if we can possibly manage to do so. It suggests a 
>kind of botanical classification of meaning-species, and this tends to 
>encourage a kind of Balkanization which we already have a tendency to fall 
>into, where each of us with various agendas feels compelled to protect the 
>rights of one kind of meaning over the other upstarts. Maybe this is 
>unavoidable, but we should try to avoid it as far as possible. I am 
>convinced that these different 'kinds' of meaning are all aspects of one 
>notion, and that we should be able to find a way to make that clear. Blind 
>men and the elephant, you know the story.

Hmmm... I feel there is a qualitative distinction between that which can be 
deduced by formal means, and statements that are consensually acknowledged 
as truths by a community of people.  I'm entirely content that these should 
not be seen as "different kinds of meaning", but I think we need some way 
to talk about the distinctions and boundaries and interactions between them.

If we can somehow glimpse the whole elephant, I think that would help.


Graham Klyne
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