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On the Semantics of Ongoing and Future Occurrence Identifiers

  • Nicola Guarino
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10650)

Abstract

According to the standard wisdom, all temporal occurrences are considered as “frozen in time”. This means that all their properties are fully determined, and they can’t change. This is certainly true for historical occurrences, but, at least in the ordinary language, ongoing and future occurrences seem to admit the possibility of change: the score of an ongoing match may change in time, and a future trip may be delayed. But if ongoing and future events can change in time, what are their identifiers? In this paper I propose a tensed ontological account (contrasted with the dominant tenseless tradition) that provides an answer to this question.

Keywords

Event Process Occurrence Identifier Ontology Time Tense Change 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I am grateful to Giancarlo Guizzardi and Tiago Prince Sales for some interesting discussions that motivated the need for this approach. I am also very grateful to Antony Galton and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments. Part of this work has been done in the framework of project ‘KAOS: Knowledge-Aware Operational Support’, funded by the Euregio Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied OntologyTrentoItaly

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