An ontology of Chinese radicals: Concept derivation and knowledge representation based on the semantic symbols of four hoofed-mammals

Chu-ren Huang, Ya Jun Yang, Sheng Yi Chen

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Abstract

Semantic symbols are essential components of Chinese characters. ShuoWenJieZi (Xyu Shen 121), the oldest dictionary of Chinese, is organized according to the radical forms as semantic symbols. Characters are classified according radicals, and their meanings cluster around the basic concept of the semantic symbol. We believe that ShuoWenJieZi radicals systemreflect conventional conceptualization when Chinese character orthography was invented. In this research, we use the semantic symbols representing four hoofed-mammals in ShuoWenJieZi,"bovid," "deer," "cattle," and "horse," as our research objects. In principle we assume that semantic symbols represent basic concepts, and further more we distinguish the relations between derived characters and each basic concept to construct a conventionalized ontology headed by basic concepts expressed by the semantic symbols. Our analysis and comparative studies of the semantic symbol ontologies for the four hoofed-mammals show that they share similar conceptual structures strongly motivated by their functions in human society. In particular, we show that the conceptual dependencies between the basic concept of a radical and the meanings of the derived characters can be explained by an enriched version of the Generative Lexicon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 22
Pages189-196
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 22 - Cebu, Philippines
Duration: 20 Nov 200822 Nov 2008

Conference

Conference22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 22
CountryPhilippines
CityCebu
Period20/11/0822/11/08

Keywords

  • HanZi
  • Ontology
  • Semantic lexicon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems

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