Word concepts: A theory and simulation of some basic semantic capabilities
Version of Record online: 28 DEC 2006
Copyright © 1967 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 12, Issue 5, pages 410–430, September 1967
How to Cite
Quillian, M. R. (1967), Word concepts: A theory and simulation of some basic semantic capabilities. Syst. Res., 12: 410–430. doi: 10.1002/bs.3830120511
- Issue online: 28 DEC 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 DEC 2006
- Manuscript Received: 28 NOV 1966
- NIH. Grant Number: MH 07722
In order to discover design principles for a large memory that can enable it to serve as the base of knowledge underlying human-like language behavior, experiments with a model memory are being performed. This model is built up within a computer by “recoding” a body of information from an ordinary dictionary into a complex network of elements and associations interconnecting them. Then, the ability of a program to use the resulting model memory effectively for simulating human performance provides a test of its design. One simulation program, now running, is given the model memory and is required to compare and contrast the meanings of arbitrary pairs of English words. For each pair, the program locates any relevant semantic information within the model memory, draws inferences on the basis of this, and thereby discovers various relationships between the meanings of the two words. Finally, it creates English text to express its conclusions. The design principles embodied in the memory model, together with some of the methods used by the program, constitute a theory of how human memory for semantic and other conceptual material may be formatted, organized, and used.