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2.1.3.1 A Specification Assignment

Take the example: “The glass is half full.”.

This is a generalization / specification structure in which a definite article is used and the specification belongs to a specification collection, like in: “A glass is full, half full or empty.”. We call the first example a specification assignment.

An assignment defines the actual situation and can, therefore, be changed. For example if a glass of water is drunken empty than there is a new situation: “The glass is empty.”.

An example of an assignment of a relational specification is: “John is the father of Pete.”.