The assorted finds of Artefact Publishing

February 22, 2011

With Alice aforethought

The next version of EATS will be able to straightforwardly model the following (from Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There):

The name of the song is called "HADDOCKS' EYES."'

'Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?' Alice said, trying to feel interested.

'No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a little vexed. 'That's what the name is CALLED. The name really IS "THE AGED AGED MAN."'

'Then I ought to have said "That's what the SONG is called"?' Alice corrected herself.

'No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The SONG is called "WAYS AND MEANS": but that's only what it's CALLED, you know!'

'Well, what IS the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.

'I was coming to that,' the Knight said. 'The song really IS "A-SITTING ON A GATE": and the tune's my own invention.'

In fact, I wonder if it would be interesting/useful to make a sample set of data for the whole book. That would show off some of features (multiple authorities that make claims about each other, name reification, entities changing type over time) in a possibly amusing fashion.

Actually, it's not clear to me quite what the distinction is between 'called' and 'named' in the above, nor precisely what the status is of the label used to specify what something "is". So maybe it won't be so easy to model after all.

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