[time 31] Wordnet: a thematic topology ?

ca314159 (ca314159@bestweb.net)
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 22:16:19 -0800

Here's an english lexicon database you can download (very large):

It's a set of thematic word graphs.

There is an article about this in the American Scientist
magazine March/April issue 1999.

Wordnet is essentially a "human genome project" for the
english language. The idea is to layout a semantic geometry,
but are they organizing it optimally ?

Some of the "problems" pointed out in the American Scientist
article sound very much like that of "connecting local systems".

Adjectives are very dualistic in Wordnet.

In Wordnet there are 11 conceptual roots:
 entity, abstraction, psychological feature, natural phenomena,
 activity, event, group, location, possession, shape, state.

I would organize these as to whether they are space-like or time-like,
(or equivalently mind-like or body-like as):

Space-like (associative):
  abstraction,psychological feature,group,possession?,shape

Time-like (causual):
   entity, natural phenomena,activity,event,location,state

The adjectives should categorize this way as well ?

Wordnet has dualistic concepts for classifying categories. They call
space-like (wave) holonymic, and time-like (particulate) meronymic
but they do not make a larger connection of this idea to
synchronic(associative or contextual) and diachronic (temporal
or sequential).



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