Ontology, Types and Semantics

Walid S. Saba

Abstract

In this paper we argue that many problems in the semantics of natural language are due to a large gap between semantics (which is an attempt at understanding what we say in language about the world) and the way the world is. This seemingly monumental effort can be grossly simplified if one assumes, as Hobbs (1985) correctly observed some time ago, a theory of the world that reflects the way we talk about it. We demonstrate here that assuming such a strongly-typed ontology of commonsense knowledge reduces certain problems to near triviality.

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S. Saba W. (2006). Ontology, Types and Semantics . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLUCS, (ICEIS 2006) ISBN 978-972-8865-50-4, pages 17-26. DOI: 10.5220/0002472300170026


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@conference{nlucs06,
author={Walid S. Saba},
title={Ontology, Types and Semantics},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLUCS, (ICEIS 2006)},
year={2006},
pages={17-26},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002472300170026},
isbn={978-972-8865-50-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLUCS, (ICEIS 2006)
TI - Ontology, Types and Semantics
SN - 978-972-8865-50-4
AU - S. Saba W.
PY - 2006
SP - 17
EP - 26
DO - 10.5220/0002472300170026