Ontological Usage Schemes

A Working Proposal for the Ontological Foundation of Language Use
  • Frank Loebe
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6999)


Inspired by contributing to the development of a top-level ontology and its formalization in logical languages, we discuss and defend three interrelated theses concerning the semantics of languages in general. The first is the claim that the usual formal semantics needs to be clearly distinguished from an ontological semantics, where the latter aims at explicating, at least partially, an ontological analysis of representations using a language. The second thesis is to utilize both types of semantics in parallel. Thirdly, it is argued that ontological semantics must be oriented at particular cases of using a language, which may lead to different manifestations of ontological semantics for one and the same language. Based on these views, we outline and illustrate our proposal for establishing usage-specific and ontology-based semantic schemes. Moreover, relations to works regarding conceptual modeling languages are established and potential applications are indicated, including semantics-preserving translations and the re-engineering of representations.


Formal Semantic Logical Language Conceptual Content Ontological Foundation Ontological Claim 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Loebe
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science (IfI) and Institute of Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology (IMISE)University of LeipzigGermany

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