Primitive Concepts Underlying Verbs of Thought
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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In order to create conceptual structures that will uniquely and unambiguously represent the meaning of an utterance, it is necessary to establish primitive underlying actions and states into which verbs can be mapped. The paper presents analysis of the most common mental verbs in terms of such primitive actions and states. In order to represent the way people speak about their mental processes, it was necessary to add to the usual ideas of memory structure the notion of immediate memory. It is then argued that there are only three primitive mental ACTs.