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A linguistic ontology of space for natural language processing

Bateman, J.A. and Hois, J. and Ross, R. and Tenbrink, T. (2010) A linguistic ontology of space for natural language processing. Artificial Intelligence, 174 ((14)). pp. 1027-1071. DOI: 10.1016/j.artint.2010.05.008

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Abstract

We present a detailed semantics for linguistic spatial expressions supportive of computational processing that draws substantially on the principles and tools of ontological engineering and formal ontology. We cover language concerned with space, actions in space and spatial relationships and develop an ontological organization that relates such expressions to general classes of fixed semantic import. The result is given as an extension of a linguistic ontology, the Generalized Upper Model, an organization which has been used for over a decade in natural language processing applications. We describe the general nature and features of this ontology and show how we have extended it for working particularly with space. Treaitng the semantics of natural language expressions concerning space in this way offers a substantial simplification of the general problem of relating natural spatial language to its contextualized interpretation. Example specifications based on natural language examples are presented, as well as an evaluation of the ontology's coverage, consistency, predictive power, and applicability.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Arts and Humanities > School of Linguistics and English Language
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 17:14
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:28
ISSN: 0004-3702
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/2469
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.artint.2010.05.008
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