Language, logic and ontology: uncovering the structure of commonsense knowledge

Saba, Walid (2007) Language, logic and ontology: uncovering the structure of commonsense knowledge. (In Press)

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The purpose of this paper is twofold: (i) we argue that the structure of commonsense knowledge must be discovered, rather than invented; and (ii) we argue that natural language, which is the best known theory of our (shared) commonsense knowledge, should itself be used as a guide to discovering the structure of commonsense knowledge. In addition to suggesting a systematic method to the discovery of the structure of commonsense knowledge, the method we propose seems to also provide an explanation for a number of phenomena in natural language, such as metaphor, intensionality, and the semantics of nominal compounds. Admittedly, our ultimate goal is quite ambitious, and it is no less than the systematic ‘discovery’ of a well-typed ontology of commonsense knowledge, and the subsequent formulation of the longawaited goal of a meaning algebra.

Item Type:Other
Additional Information:In Press, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Keywords:Ontology, semantics, commonsense knowledge, reasoning
Subjects:Computer Science > Language
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Linguistics > Computational Linguistics
Linguistics > Semantics
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Linguistics > Pragmatics
ID Code:5535
Deposited By:Saba, Walid
Deposited On:08 May 2007
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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