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Re: OpenCyc progress report

From: Richard H. McCullough <rhm@cdepot.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 07:13:23 -0800
Message-ID: <000d01c2a05e$af46add0$bd7ba8c0@rhm8200>
To: "Bill Hutchison" <bill.hutchison@Wordmap.com>, "RDF-Interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Cc: "William Thomas" <wthomas@nycap.rr.com>, "Richard S. Latimer" <latimer1@att.net>, "Stephen Reed" <reed@cyc.com>
Thanks for the reference.
I have some knowledge of Spanish, French and German, 
and I am curious to see how they are handled in EuroWordNet.
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Dick McCullough 
knowledge := man do identify od existent done
knowledge haspart proposition list

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bill Hutchison 
  To: 'Richard H. McCullough' ; RDF-Interest 
  Cc: William Thomas ; Richard S. Latimer ; Stephen Reed 
  Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 2:26 AM
  Subject: RE: OpenCyc progress report


  You may want to look at the other WordNet book - EuroWordNet, ed. Piek Vossen, pub. Kluwer. This describes "the building of a multilingual database with lexical semantic networks or wordnets for several European languages." I do not know how much discussion there has been of multilingual issues in semantic web communities. But I understand that concepts are expressed in different ways in different languages, and that some concepts are not lexicalised at all in some languages. Therefore, one could not rely on some simple translation mechanism. Where cultures digress, one assumes, the discrepancies might be greater. Personally, I don't believe that any ontology is free of cultural bias.

  Even if these issues are outside the scope of your current investigations, the book has some very good background material on WordNet as a whole.

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