Thought Computation and
Composition: Is writing
By: Claire Anderson
Semantics and thought computation
Why all the confusion?
Thought Computation: Semantics vs.
He believes that thought is semantic
and syntactical at the same time.
They need each other to be able to
be relevant. He says that in order to
understand language and thought
that we need to understand the
Peacock finds that there are
inconsistencies within the beliefs of
semantics saying that computation
“cannot be sensitive to semantic
properties”. This is argued when he
states “what makes syntactic
operations a species of formal
operations is that being syntactic is
a way of
Some intentional states are realized
Some sequences are automatically
realized as computational
Semantic properties are never
involved in syntactic properties.
Why all the confusion?
Composition is limited in its ability to be fully
Gary Sloan suggests in his article that we are ambiguous when it comes to
deciphering between the relationship that exists between two sentences.
This is because we cannot figure out the correct semantic category to
associate them with. (Relational Ambiguity).
Relative Semantic Categories that supposedly link sentences:
Sloan believes that since there is so much confusion within the semantic aspects
that syntax is not even a possibility. Without syntax, he believes, there isn’t a
complete way for composition to be fully computational.
What do I think?
I agree with the Composition Theorist Sandra Perl when she
talks about the concept of “felt
sense” can be seen as any unexplainable, creative,
semantic property that is involved with thinking and writing. In
other words felt
sense is a form of creativity.
We cannot see it therefore we cannot compute it. She believes
that composition is computational to an extent, however, the
sense” restricts the ability for it to be fully computational.
This restriction comes when “felt
sense” deters a writer to fully
write in a syntactical fashion. “Felt
sense” always pushes a
against following the conventional governing rules for writing.
, William J.
Syntactic Semantics and Computational Cognition
, Vol. 9, AI, Connectionism and
Philosophical Psychology. (1995), pp. 49
Relational Ambiguity between Sentences
College Composition and Communication
, Vol. 39, No. 2.
(May, 1988), pp. 154
Content, Composition, and
Vol. 6, Content (1995),
Composition. Bedford/St. Martin’s (2005), pp.114