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A plea for complex categories in ontologies

Arapinis, Alexandra and Vieu, Laure A plea for complex categories in ontologies. (2015) Applied Ontology, 10 (3-4). 285-296. ISSN 1570-5838

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/AO-150156


This paper investigates an issue at the interface between language and ontology. It is argued that the phenomenon of 'inherent polysemy' observed in lexical semantics for nouns such as book or country actually is a deeper phenomenon grounded on specific ontological relations involving the entities referred to. It is shown that this phenomenon emerges not only in language but also in most available ontologies. Beyond the 'dot types' used in some linguistic theories to account for logical polysemy, it is proposed to introduce 'complex categories' in ontologies in order to solve incoherence and inconsistency issues appearing when this phenomenon is not acknowledged and to characterize complex categories on the basis of formal ontology relations.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at: http://content.iospress.com/articles/applied-ontology/ao156
HAL Id:hal-01567016
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNR (ITALY)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:22 Jun 2017 13:28

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