Conf: TOTh 2014, Opening Conference

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Tue Feb 4 21:40:34 UTC 2014

Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:08:44 +0100
From: Luc Damas <luc.damas at>
Message-ID: <CAFW-+pbcYyPVufKSsJg4JyoAxcEk+DDVx6OQvwk5sYoMb5y9Bg at>

TOTh 2014 - Opening Conference
12-13 June 2014 -

"Ontology meets natural language: What can linguists learn?"

Christiane Fellbaum - Princeton University

The creation of large lexical databases for Natural Language Processing
has renewed interest in the structure of the lexicon and challenged many
linguists' theories of systemic regularities in the face of empirical
investigation. The need for mapping lexicons across languages and
research in automatic inferencing and reasoning have resulted in
fruitful collaboration between lexicology and the neighboring discipline
of ontology and have afforded new perspectives on the lexicon. My talk
will address the following questions and provide some answers based on
recent research.

* To what extent can a formal ontology be mapped onto the lexicon of a
  natural language and reflect both its surface and its hidden

* How much lexical semantics can ontology capture, and how useful is an
  ontological perspective of the lexicon for word sense disambiguation?

* How can ontology inform the construction of lexical databases for
  automatic reasoning, e.g., by introducing categorial distinctions such
  as between types and roles?


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