Ontology and the Lexicon

  • Graeme Hirst
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Part of the International Handbooks on Information Systems book series (INFOSYS)

Summary

A lexicon is a linguistic object and hence is not the same thing as an ontology, which is non-linguistic. Nonetheless, word senses are in many ways similar to ontological concepts and the relationships found between word senses resemble the relationships found between concepts. Although the arbitrary and semi-arbitrary distinctions made by natural languages limit the degree to which these similarities can be exploited, a lexicon can nonetheless serve in the development of an ontology, especially in a technical domain.

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  • Graeme Hirst
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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