Extracting concrete senses of lexicon Through measurement of conceptual similarity in ontologies

Siaw Fong Chung, Laurent Prévot, Mingwei Xu, Kathleen Virginia Ahrens, Shu Kai Hsieh, Chu Ren Huang

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The measurement of conceptual similarity in a hierarchical structure has been proposed by studies such as Wu and Palmer (1994) which have been summarized and evaluated in Budanisky and Hirst (2006). The present study applies the measurement of conceptual similarity to conceptual metaphor research by comparing concreteness of ontological resource nodes to several prototypical concrete nodes selected by human subjects. Here, the purpose of comparing conceptual similarity between nodes is to select a concrete sense for a word which is used metaphorically. Through using WordNet-SUMO interface such as SinicaBow (Huang, Chang and Lee, 2004), concrete senses of a lexicon will be selected once its SUMO nodes have been compared in terms of conceptual similarity with the prototypical concrete nodes. This study has strong implications for the interaction of psycholinguistic and computational linguistic fields in conceptual metaphor research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2008
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)2951740840, 9782951740846
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2008 - Palais des Congres Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 28 May 200830 May 2008


Conference6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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