Cognitive Networks and Literary Semantics

MLN, Vol. 91, pp. 952-982, 1976

16 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2009 Last revised: 24 Nov 2009

Date Written: December 1, 1976


A cognitive network is a type of semantic model developed for simulating natural language on digital computers. A concept is a node in the network while connections between nodes represent relations between concepts. One generates a text by tracing a path through the network and rendering the successive concepts and relations into language according to the appropriate conventions. Elementary concepts are grounded in sensor-motor schemas while abstract concepts are grounded in patterns of network relationship. The semantic structure for Shakespeare's "Th' expense of spirit" (Sonnet 129) is given by an abstract pattern for the Fortunate Fall, which is linked to a pattern specifying a fragment of the conceptual basis for faculty psychology.

Keywords: cognition, semantics, network, poetry, Shakespeare

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Cognitive Networks and Literary Semantics (December 1, 1976). MLN, Vol. 91, pp. 952-982, 1976, Available at SSRN: