The Generative Lexicon presents a novel and exciting theory of lexical semantics that addresses the problem of the "multiplicity of word meaning"; that is, how we are able to give an infinite number of senses to words with finite means. The first formally elaborated theory of a generative approach to word meaning, it lays the foundation for an implemented computational treatment of word meaning that connects explicitly to a compositional semantics.
"[W]ell worth reading. . . . For those who are unfamiliar with theemerging field of lexical semantics. . . it will present aninteresting entry point. For those who work in the field, it covers awide range of interesting and serious problems, in ways that suggestfruitful interaction with a variety of other views and approaches."
—J. Terry Nutter, Computational Linguistics
"No one has more clearly challenged the assumptions of traditional lexicography."
—George Miller, Princeton University