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Humanist Archives: Dec. 8, 2018, 7:02 a.m. Humanist 32.255 - a theory of the corpus?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 255.
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        Date: 2018-12-07 15:01:06+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon 
        Subject: Session: Notes toward a theory of the Corpus Part 2: Mapping the pathways of the mind - Academia.edu

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Vector semantics allows us to use a corpus to construct 
a geometric model of semantic relations between words in 
the corpus. We may think of that model as a representation 
of a 'corporate' mind as the fact that many authors are 
represented in the corpus is incidental to its use. The 
model, in effect, presents us with the relational semantics 
of the language in the corpus. Given that, I consider a passage 
from Paradise Lost that Michael Gavin had examined, and 
reanalyze it as a path through semantic space, through the 
mind, and suggest that, for the first time, we are in a 
position to map the mind by tracing the paths of literary 
texts through semantic space.


Bill Benzon



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