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Re: [ontolog-forum] Using controlled natural languages for ontology

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From: Simon Spero <ses@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:53:55 -0500
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On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 11:01 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 3/6/2011 10:39 PM, Zhuk, Yefim wrote:
> I'd think of CNL as an intermediate step towards ontology...

It's more like an alternate notation for logic that makes comments readable by both the humans and the computer.

A controlled natural language has a formally defined mapping to and from some version of logic.  Its main advantage is that
it can be read as if it were ordinary language.

There may be some small  differences in ease of reading between CNL and regular NL, but  these do not appear to be important.  

Tobias Kuhn (until recently a student of Norbert Fuchs)   has  some interesting results on the understandability of controlled natural language in his dissertation (see Chapter 5 in Kuhn (2010) for info).  Also, as part of his work on ACEWiki Tobias built  a native java implementation of ACE, making it easier to use without having to install prolog).

  • Tobias Kuhn. Controlled English for Knowledge Representation. Doctoral thesis, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology of the University of Zurich, 2010. [PDF|BibTeX]

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