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AW: Interpretation of RDF reification - different meaning of sentences and words

From: Tanja Sieber <tanja.sieber@t-dos.de>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:03:09 +0100
To: <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <KNEHLJDGCAJHFAHOOMOHMEFFEEAA.tanja.sieber@t-dos.de>

Quite interesting examples:-)
and what about sentences that are used in different languages with different
meaning?
e.g. in Belarussia 'to take a walk' can mean 'to kiss' etc.
Tanja

:: -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
:: Von: semantic-web-request@w3.org [mailto:semantic-web-request@w3.org]Im
:: Auftrag von Frank Manola
:: Gesendet: Donnerstag, 23. März 2006 17:57
:: An: semantic-web@w3.org
:: Betreff: Re: Interpretation of RDF reification
::
::
::
:: Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
:: >
:: >
:: > * Peter F. Patel-Schneider
:: >>
:: >> Perhaps a better analogy would be between current speakers of
:: English and
:: >> speakers of English about 100 years ago.  Certain English
:: sentences had
:: >> meaning 100 years ago and still retain that meaning, but have
:: a stronger
:: >> meaning now.  (Does anyone have any really good examples of such
:: >> sentences,
:: >> by the way?)
:: >
:: > A quite startling example is the phrase "make love to". When I first
:: > encountered it in Jane Austen I did a triple-take, before
:: realizing that
:: > 200 years ago it must have meant "to court", and not what it means
:: > today. Not sure whether this counts as a good example in all parts of
:: > the globe.
::
:: Similar examples are uses of the words "ejaculate" and "erection".  For
:: example, in the Sherlock Holmes story "The Red Headed League", Dr.
:: Watson at one point says ' "What on earth does this mean?" I ejaculated'
:: (meaning "I exclaimed").  "Ejaculate" tends to have a more specific
:: meaning these days.
::
:: Similarly, I vaguely remember an example of a sentence from a girl's
:: diary from the 19th century describing (as I recall) her attempt to
:: build a rather elaborate hat, and her bemoaning the fact that "the whole
:: erection collapsed".  These days if you saw that in a girl's diary she'd
:: be talking about something else (or you might see such a sentence in a
:: Viagra ad).
::
:: --Frank
::
::

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