Paranymy: Enriching ontological knowledge in WordNets

Chu-ren Huang, Pei Yi Hsiao, I. Li Su, Xiu Ling Ke

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This paper studies and explicates the rich conceptual relations among sister terms within the WordNet framework. We follow Huang et al. [1] and define those sister terms by a lexical semantic relation, named paranymy. Using paranymy, instead of the original indirect approach of defining the sister terms as words that have the same hypernym, enables WordNets to represent and enrich ontological knowledge. The familiar ontological problem of 'ISA overload' [2] can be solved by identifying and classifying conceptually salient groups among those sister terms. A set of paranyms are terms which are grouped together by one conceptual principle, which are evidenced by their linguistic behaviors. We believe that treating paranymy as a bona fide lexical semantic relation allows us to explicitly represent such classificatory information and enriches the ontological layer of WordNets. All rights are reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGWC 2008
Subtitle of host publication4th Global WordNet Conference, Proceedings
PublisherUniversity of Szeged
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789634828549
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Global WordNet Conference, GWC 2008 - Szeged, Hungary
Duration: 22 Jan 200825 Jan 2008


Conference4th Global WordNet Conference, GWC 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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