Ontologies and Multilingualism

  • Gilles Falquet
  • Jacques Guyot
Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP, volume 1)


The definition of an ontology as a specification of a conceptualization of a domain is independent of the terminology used in a particular natural language to describe this domain. In fact we can make a clear distinction between the conceptual structure of a domain and the way the concepts are designated by terms in a natural language. This view is exemplified in ontology specification languages such as OWL in which there is no connection with terms or texts in natural language, except for comments. In such a language, an ontology designer can arbitrarily define new concepts that do not correspond to any term in an existing language.


Natural Language Semantic Relation Unify Medical Language System Semantic Annotation Linguistic Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre universitaire d’informatique, University of GenevaCarougeSwitzerland

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