A New Investigation of the Nature of Abstract Categories

Abstract

Concrete and abstract categories are alike in that they show graded structure. They are also said to differ in that the degree of feature overlap between a category and its exemplars can predict the graded structure of the former, but not of the latter kind of category. We show how one can improve upon this prediction by taking distinctive features into consideration and argue that concrete and abstract categories might not be that differently structured after all.


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