Processes and participants

  • John F. Sowa
Invited Papers

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-61534-2_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1115)
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Sowa J.F. (1996) Processes and participants. In: Eklund P.W., Ellis G., Mann G. (eds) Conceptual Structures: Knowledge Representation as Interlingua. ICCS-ConceptStruct 1996. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), vol 1115. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Processes may be analyzed temporally into subprocesses or spatially into participants. The theoretical analysis of processes and participants is intimately connected with the linguistic analysis of verbs that express the processes and thematic roles that relate the processes to the participants. The resulting classification provides an ontology of concept and relation types that can be used for representing both the semantics of verbs and the axioms for reasoning about the corresponding processes.


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