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Re: [ontolog-forum] Guo's word senses and Foundational Ontologies

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From: "Richard H. McCullough" <rhm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 17:37:11 -0700
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Dick McCullough
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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>  2. Many linguists, such as Anna Wierzbicka and others, have proposed
>     or discovered a universal set of primitives that underlie all the
>     world's languages.  Practical applications of primitives include
>     Ogden's Basic English and the LDOCE list of defining terms.
>  2. Goddard, Wierzbicka, Ogden, LDOCE, and others *never* claim
>     their primitives are as precisely defined as a mathematical
>     theory or a programming language.  In fact, their examples
>     show that their primitives are just as "squishy" -- i.e.,
>     just as vague and fuzzy as any words in any of the languages
>     they are trying to define.
Putting on my Engineer's hat, I would say Wierzbicka, et al
have given us a good first approximation.
This might be used for high-level reasoning in the initial stages
of processing.  In the final stages of processing, we would need
to trade in the Wierzbicka ontology for a more detailed ontology
which is precise enough to finish the processing.
In other words, we would use multiple ontologies,
not a single ontology.    (01)

> John Sowa
>     (02)

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