Paper: Natural Language Searching in Onomasiological Dictionaries

ACL ID W08-1905
Title Natural Language Searching in Onomasiological Dictionaries
Venue Coling 2008: Proceedings of the workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions
Year 2008

When consulting a dictionary, people can find the meaning of a word via the defini- tion, which usually contains the relevant information to fulfil their requirement. Lexicographers produce dictionaries and their work consists in presenting informa- tion essential for grasping the meaning of words. However, when people need to find a word it is likely that they do not obtain the information they are looking for. There is a gap between dictionary definitions and the information being available in peoples’ mind. This paper at- tempts to present the conceptualisation people engage in, in order to arrive at a word from its meaning. The insights of an experiment conducted show us the dif- ferences between the knowledge availa- ble in peoples’ minds and in dictionary definitio...