Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Conceptual Modelling

  • Bernhard Thalheim
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7337)


Models, modelling languages, modelling frameworks and their background have dominated conceptual modelling research and information systems engineering for last four decades. Conceptual models are mediators between the application world and the implementation or system world. Currently conceptual modelling is rather a craft and at the best an art. We target on a science and culture of conceptual modelling. Models are governed by their purpose. They are used by a community of practice and have a function within application cases. Language-based models use a language as a carrier. Therefore, semiotics of models must be systematically developed. This paper thus concentrates on the linguistic foundation of conceptual modelling.


Integrity Constraint Link Schema Referential Meaning Structural Abstraction Cognitive Semantic 
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  • Bernhard Thalheim
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  1. 1.Computer Science InstituteChristian-Albrechts-University KielGermany

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