The Semantics of Relationships

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Rebecca Green
  • Carol A. Bean
  • Sung Hyon Myaeng

Part of the Information Science and Knowledge Management book series (ISKM, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Types of Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. D. Alan Cruse
      Pages 3-21
    3. Christiane Fellbaum
      Pages 23-34
    4. Christopher Khoo, Syin Chan, Yun Niu
      Pages 51-70
  3. Relationships in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Nicola Guarino, Christopher Welty
      Pages 111-126
    3. Christophe Jouis
      Pages 127-140
  4. Applications of Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Alexa T. McCray, Olivier Bodenreider
      Pages 181-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-225

About this book


The genesis of this volume was the participation of the editors in an ACMlSIGIR (Association for Computing Machinery/Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval) workshop entitled "Beyond Word Relations" (Hetzler, 1997). This workshop examined a number of relationship types with significance for information retrieval beyond the conventional topic-matching relationship. From this shared participation came the idea for an edited volume on relationships, with chapters to be solicited from researchers and practitioners throughout the world. Ultimately, one volume became two volumes. The first volume, Relationships in the Organization of Knowledge (Bean & Green, 200 I), examines the role of relationships in knowledge organization theory and practice, with emphasis given to thesaural relationships and integration across systems, languages, cultures, and disciplines. This second volume examines relationships in a broader array of contexts. The two volumes should be seen as companions, each informing the other. As with the companion volume, we are especially grateful to the authors who willingly accepted challenges of space and time to produce chapters that summarize extensive bodies of research. The value of the volume clearly resides in the quality of the individual chapters. In naming this volume The Semantics of Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, we wanted to highlight the fact that relationships are not just empty connectives. Relationships constitute important conceptual units and make significant contributions to meaning.


Analysis DOM information knowledge representation linguistics logic modeling ontology semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Rebecca Green
    • 1
  • Carol A. Bean
    • 2
  • Sung Hyon Myaeng
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Information StudiesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Extramural ProgramsNational Library of MedicineBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Natural Language and Information Retrieval Laboratory, Division of Information and Communication, College of EngineeringChungnam National UniversityTaejonKorea

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5996-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0073-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1300
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