Multi-lingual Database Querying and the Atoms of Language

  • Epaminondas Kapetanios
  • Panagiotis Chountas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3513)


The paper presents MDDQL as a query language suitable for multi-lingual conceptual querying of collections of databases from a graphical user interface or from an application programming one. The query language, however, has been specified and implemented with the parametric theory of linguistic diversity in mind such that syntactic and semantic parsing of multi-lingual query expressions becomes quite simple and guarantees identical query results regardless the preferred natural language. We present a parsing algorithm, which shows that it is quite easy to formulate a query regardless the underlying type order of a natural language, be it Subject-Object-Verb, Subject-Verb-Object, or Object-Verb-Subject, etc., and still being able to grasp the meaning of the query at a minimal computational effort possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Epaminondas Kapetanios
    • 1
  • Panagiotis Chountas
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Care Computing Group, School of Computer Science (HSCS)Univ. of WestminsterLondonUK

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