OnLiT: An Ontology for Linguistic Terminology

  • Bettina KlimekEmail author
  • John P. McCrae
  • Christian Lehmann
  • Christian Chiarcos
  • Sebastian Hellmann
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10318)


Understanding the differences underlying the scope, usage and content of language data requires the provision of a clarifying terminological basis which is integrated in the metadata describing a particular language resource. While terminological resources such as the SIL Glossary of Linguistic Terms, ISOcat or the GOLD ontology provide a considerable amount of linguistic terms, their practical usage is limited to a look up of a defined term whose relation to other terms is unspecified or insufficient. Therefore, in this paper we propose an ontology for linguistic terminology, called OnLiT. It is a data model which can be used to represent linguistic terms and concepts in a semantically interrelated data structure and, thus, overcomes prevalent isolating definition-based term descriptions. OnLiT is based on the LiDo Glossary of Linguistic Terms and enables the creation of RDF datasets, that represent linguistic terms and their meanings within the whole or a subdomain of linguistics.


Linguistic terminology Linguistic linked data LiDo database 



This paper’s research activities were partly supported and funded by grants from the EU’s H2020 Programme ALIGNED (GA 644055) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany (BMWi) for the SmartDataWeb Project (GA-01MD15010B).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.InfAIUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Insight Centre for Data AnalyticsNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland
  3. 3.University of ErfurtErfurtGermany
  4. 4.Applied Computational LinguisticsGoethe-University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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