To grasp a text, Renear tells us, is to grasp the OHCO structure of a text. About this I'm afraid I'm somewhat skeptical. It seems to me that to grasp a text is to grasp the propositions underlying that text. To grasp such propositions is to grasp the kernel captured in jottings. (In symbolicist AI, understanding a story consists in arriving at command over a set of formulas from some logic.) But it would seem that one can grasp the underlying propositions of a text without attending to OHCO structure. (Imagine a mathematician grasping the underlying propositions in a published proof without attending to OHCO structure.)

Tue Apr 2 13:34:44 EST 1996