I'm reading an article on Syntactic Categories and came across the following heading:
Syntactic categories are distributional not semantic
I believe the "syntactic categories" the author is referring to are parts of speech:
Noun Verb Participle Article Pronoun Preposition Adverb Conjunction
I want to understand what the author means when she says the categories are "distributional".
At first, I was hung up on the distinction between the two words:
I came across another answer that helped me out:
In summary, syntax is the concept that concerns itself only whether or not the sentence is valid for the grammar of the language. Semantics is about whether or not the sentence has a valid meaning.
So in Plain English it seems the title is trying to say:
"Parts of speech are _______ but actually don't convey meaning."
The author uses the word "distributional" again later in the second paragraph as an adjective to describe the noun "properties" as in "distributional properties".
- What does it mean for a part of speech to be distributional?
- What are distributional properties?