A Semantic Approach to the Inclusion of Complex Nominals in English Terminographic Resources

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10596)

Abstract

Complex nominals (CNs) are characterized by the omission of the semantic relation between their constituents due to noun packing. Despite their frequency in specialized texts written in English [1] their representation and inclusion in knowledge resources has received little research attention. This paper presents a proposal for the inclusion of CNs in an English terminographic resource on renewable energy. For that purpose, we used knowledge patterns and paraphrases to access the meaning of CNs in a wind power corpus. We then filled the definitional templates proposed by Frame-based Terminology [2]. Our main goal was to conceptually organize a term entry to facilitate knowledge of the domain while keeping the entry length to a minimum. Furthermore, this proposal is a valuable starting point toward the development of bilingual and multilingual resources since translation should be based on meaning. Our results also afforded insights into compound term formation in English, as reflected in the addition of specific values to the semantic relations encoded by the hypernym. Term instability and multidimensionality were also prevalent.

Keywords

Complex nominal Semantics Terminography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GranadaGranadaSpain

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