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From: FERENC KOVACS <f.kovacs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 17:36:01 +0000 (GMT)
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I have looked at WordNet and tried to establish how I can use it form my practical problems (translation). Although it s a fantastic repertory, just as ontologies are, I still feel that ontologists and AI people are in a theoretically different world to what I think I am.

Some relevant propositions:

1. Grammar - as opposed to other views is not an autonomous subject and cannot be described as device working to algorithms where no metaphors, metonymy and other semantic irregularities are not accepted.

2. Linguistic semantics is of encyclopedic nature: knowledge systems are reflected in semantic structures. Knowledge on language and apart from language cannot be separated, there are transitional areas and any boundary would be voluntary, therefore semantics and pragmatics cannot be separated either. (A little different view is seen in. WIERZBICKA — . Dictionaries vs. encyclopaedias: How to draw the line. In: PH.DAVIS ed., Alternative Linguistics. Amsterdam etc., John Benjamins, 1995. 289—315.)

3. Grammar is devised to structure and symbolize conceptual content, therefore grammar is essentially symbolic just as a lexicon, with which it forms a continuum.

Therefore the real issue is the merging of dictionaries and ontologies, which should also call for a different approach and theory to the issues that you have on hand.



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