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> I think semantic spaces are much more than metaphors, but that the
> metrics are not absolute. Nevertheless, they can be measured
> contextually. This is done, often not well, in the social
> sciences all
> the time (eg, in "attitudinal surveys"). There was an old
> book entitled
> _The Measurement of Meaning_ back int he 50s on the subject.
> I reference
> it in
> Wilkins, J. S. (1998). "The evolutionary structure of scientific
> theories." Biology and Philosophy 13(4): 479-504.
> along with a discussion of space metaphors.
Thanks for the reference. The possibility of thinking of semantic spaces in that way had occurred to me but I had not tried following it up.
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