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People learn language through exposure to a rich perceptual context. Language is grounded by mapping words, phrases, and sentences to meaning representations referring to the world.

Does "ground" mean "give (something abstract) a firm theoretical or practical basis"? Thanks!

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definition here ground sense 16) "to found on a firm basis; establish" – user3169 May 4 '14 at 22:23
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Yes, you understand it perfectly.

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