Paper: Expressing OWL axioms by English sentences: dubious in theory feasible in practice

ACL ID C10-2116
Title Expressing OWL axioms by English sentences: dubious in theory feasible in practice
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2010
Authors

With OWL (Web Ontology Language) es- tablished as a standard for encoding on- tologies on the Semantic Web, interest has begun to focus on the task of ver- balising OWL code in controlled English (or other natural language). Current ap- proaches to this task assume that axioms in OWL can be mapped to sentences in English. We examine three potential prob- lems with this approach (concerning log- ical sophistication, information structure, and size), and show that although these could in theory lead to insuperable diffi- culties, in practice they seldom arise, be- cause ontology developers use OWL in ways that favour a transparent mapping. This result is evidenced by an analysis of patterns from a corpus of over 600,000 ax- ioms in about 200 ontologies.