Context as a Social Construct

Akman, Varol (1997) Context as a Social Construct. [Conference Paper]

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This position paper argues that in addition to the familiar approach using formal contexts, there is now a need in AI to study contexts as social constructs. As a successful example of the latter approach, I draw attention to `interpretation' (in the sense of literary theory), viz. the reconstruction of intended meaning of a literary text that takes into account the context in which the author assumed the reader would place the text. An important contribution here comes from Harris (1988), enumerating the seven crucial dimensions of context: knowledge of reality, knowledge of language, and the authorial, generic, collective, specific, and textual dimensions. Finally, two thought-provoking papers in interpretation, (Barwise 1989) and (Hobbs 1990), are analyzed as useful attempts which also come to grips with the notion of context.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:(situated) context, co-text, disambiguation, literary interpretation, literary theory, belief system, text, author, reader, authorial intentions.
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science > Language
Linguistics > Pragmatics
Linguistics > Semantics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
ID Code:474
Deposited By: Akman, Varol
Deposited On:24 Jun 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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