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Humanist Archives: July 25, 2022, 8:49 a.m. Humanist 36.107 - what Homer knew that GPT-3 does not & cannot

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 107.
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        Date: 2022-07-16 21:45:40+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon <>
        Subject: NEW SAVANNA: GPT-3, the phrasal lexicon, Parry/Lord, and the Homeric epics


I think there’s something here for digital humanists to dig into. My opening

>  GPT-3 and Homer? You’ve got to be kidding. No, I’m not. What’s the
> First, I look at large language models, mostly through tweets by David
Chapman, who suggests that we examine Joseph Becker’s idea of the phrasal
lexicon (as a Heideggerian ready-to-hand of speech communication). I then
consider the Parry/Lord argument about the oral nature of the Homeric poems, and
conclude with some discussion of what Homer knew that GPT-3 does not and likely

Bill B
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Bill Benzon

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