Ontologies for NLP

John F. Sowa (sowa@west.poly.edu)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 07:53:46 -0400

John Bateman, who had been working on the Penman ontology at ISI,
and who is now in Germany (but perhaps has moved to the U. of Stirling)
has a paper on NL ontologies on the computational linguistics server:


Paper: cmp-lg/9704010
From: "Dr. John Bateman" <bateman@darmstadt.gmd.de>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 15:00:14 +0200 (MET DST) (109kb)

Title: The Theoretical Status of Ontologies in Natural Language Processing
Author: John A. Bateman (Dept. of English, University of Stirling)
Comments: 43pp, uses: twocolumn,named,a4wide,psfig, 7eps figs

This paper discusses the use of `ontologies' in Natural Language Processing.
It classifies various kinds of ontologies that have been employed in NLP and
discusses various benefits and problems with those designs. Particular focus is
then placed on experiences gained in the use of the Upper Model, a
linguistically-motivated `ontology' originally designed for use with the Penman
text generation system. Some proposals for further NLP ontology design criteria
are then made.