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Re: [ontolog-forum] Truth

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 02:16:43 -0400
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On 7/8/2012 4:43 PM, Kingsley Idehen wrote:
> I think we call all use the URI as a common foundation for broad
> agreement re. data access, integration, and representation :-)    (01)

The big advance was the instant, universal, world-wide availability
of data everywhere.  But there's nothing new about having universal
identifiers.  We've had universal identifiers for chemical compounds
and postal addresses for over a century.  Social-security numbers
for people aren't new.  ISBN numbers for books have been around
for a while.  Every major profession and business designed universal
identifiers for their subject matter.    (02)

But word senses are still a research area.  Professional
lexicographers have no clue about how to agree on a universal
set of word senses.  Every dictionary has a different selection.    (03)

Note the following article by Adam Kilgarriff, who has done
a great deal of R & D on processing large corpora of documents:    (04)

     "I don't believe in word senses"    (05)

He's not the only one.  The linguist Alan Cruse coined the term
'microsense' for the fine distinctions of meaning in each context.
I talk about that in slides 12 to 20 of the following:    (06)

    http://www.jfsowa.com/talks/dynolang.pdf    (07)

For all practical purposes, Kilgarriff's doubts about word senses
are equivalent to Cruse's claim that there are infinitely many.    (08)

Note that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft abandoned URIs.  For their
schema.org, they just use ordinary character strings that look
a lot like ordinary words and word phrases:    (09)

    http://www.schema.org/docs/full.html    (010)

If I had to choose between the W3C vs Kilgarriff, Cruse, Google,
Yahoo, and Microsoft, I would not hesitate in making my bet.    (011)

John    (012)

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