tall is a tall man? Most of us would say that a height of 1.85m is
tall, but what about 1.84m or 1.75m? And what about 1.60m - no, that
is definitely short. Where do you draw the line if there is indeed a
line to be drawn? Why is ten 'a lot' when we talk about children in a
family but 'a few' when we talk about cars in a street?
problem is that expressions like 'tall', 'short' and 'a few' are
vague. In his book, Kees van Deemter explores this attribute of human
communication through linguistics, mathematical logic, philosophy,
sociology and artificial intelligence and describes the underpinnings
of vagueness, its properties and its ubiquitous use.
learn how words like tall, poor, heavy or blue, that are so difficult
to analyse even with the most advanced tools that mathematics can
offer, can still be used in everyday situations without causing any
trouble for the people who use them. Read more »