Paper: Hidden semantics: what can we learn from the names in an ontology?

ACL ID W12-1511
Title Hidden semantics: what can we learn from the names in an ontology?
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2012
Authors

Despite their flat, semantics-free structure, on- tology identifiers are often given names or la- bels corresponding to natural language words or phrases which are very dense with informa- tion as to their intended referents. We argue that by taking advantage of this information density, NLG systems applied to ontologies can guide the choice and construction of sen- tences to express useful ontological informa- tion, solely through the verbalisations of iden- tifier names, and that by doing so, they can re- place the extremely fussy and repetitive texts produced by ontology verbalisers with shorter and simpler texts which are clearer and eas- ier for human readers to understand. We spec- ify which axioms in an ontology are ?defin- ing axioms? for linguistically-complex identi- fiers and an...