Autonomization of Monoidal Categories

Antonin Delpeuch
(University of Oxford)

We show that contrary to common belief in the DisCoCat community, a monoidal category is all that is needed to define a categorical compositional model of natural language. This relies on a construction which freely adds adjoints to a monoidal category. In the case of distributional semantics, this broadens the range of available models, to include non-linear maps and cartesian products for instance. We illustrate the applications of this principle to various distributional models of meaning.

In John Baez and Bob Coecke: Proceedings Applied Category Theory 2019 (ACT 2019), University of Oxford, UK, 15-19 July 2019, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 323, pp. 24–43.
Published: 15th September 2020.

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