Published for the European Society for Cognitive Psychology by L. Erlbaum Associates
European Journal of Cognitive Psychology vol:6 issue:1 pages:43-75
A method (HICLAS; De Boeck & Rosenberg, 1988) for studying the internal structure of semantic concepts is presented. The proposed method reveals the internal structure of the extension as well as the intension of a concept, together with a correspondence relation that shows the mutual dependence of both structures. 'Its use is illustrated with the analysis of simple concepts (e.g. sports) and conjunctive concepts (e.g. birds that are also pets). The underlying structure that is revealed can be interpreted as a differentiation of the simple concepts studied and for conjunctive concepts the proposed method is able to extract non-inherited and emergent features (Hampton, 1988).