Edited By Francisco Alonso Almeida, Laura Cruz García and Víctor González-Ruiz
Multidimensional categorization in corpus-based hyponymic structures
In Terminology, hyponymy is an important semantic relation, since it is the starting point for the construction of taxonomies and concept hierarchies. Thus, the automatic retrieval of hyponymic pairs from specialized corpora would improve the creation of any terminological resource, as this is usually a time-consuming manual task. However, concepts are not static representations in the human mind. They are rather dynamic constructs that belong to fuzzy categories. Proof of this is the fact that concepts are often categorized according to different hypernyms, giving rise to multidimensionality (Rogers 2004). Multidimensionality occurs when a concept can be seen from different points of view and can therefore be classified in more than one way (Bowker 1997; Kageura 1997; Wright 1997; Rogers 2004). According to Picht and Draskau (1985: 48, apud Rogers 2004: 219), multidimensionality depends on who is the classifier as well as the different knowledge sources that may reflect different criteria when organizing the same domain or knowledge node. For example, botanists would classify roses differently from rose growers.
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