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  1. I'd forgotten about this book until I saw a recent post by roddglenn. WordNet is an 'Electronic Lexical Database' and this book is a useful though very academic background to the database and its use. It's about how words interact. Take 'salmon'. It is of type 'fish' which is of type 'animal' which is of type 'living creature'. WordNet has these terms organised in a linked manner, so that it links 'salmon' to 'tuna' strongly but also links 'salmon' to 'bear' weaker and 'salmon to 'tree' weaker still. But nouns are easy. It also does verbs, adverbs and adjectives. I love how the human brain can find synonyms for 'fast' or 'blue' and how it knows the meaning of the word. How we know by the context that fast meant quick rather than starve, that blue means down rather than the colour. The book introduces Wordnet and how you could ever create a computer program to mimic these very human concepts. It's quite academic and aimed at a level of linguistic and semantic understanding. Thus, it's one of those books I like to have on my shelf and dip into whilst still admitting that some parts of the book are beyond me. For instance, for the verb "sprint" WordNet supplies the following: direct hypernym inherited hypernym sister term derivationally related form sentence frame Buy it from amazon.co.uk if you have 41.75 UKP going spare, but like me you really should give MIT its due and buy it direct from them. It's like, you know, totally worth it.
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