With the first publication of this book in 1988, the centrality of the lexicon in language research was becoming increasingly apparent and the use of relational models of the lexicon had been the particular focus of research in a variety of disciplines since the early 1980s. This convergence of approach made the present collection especially welcome for bringing together reports of theoretical developments and applications in relational semantics in computer science, linguistics, cognitive science, anthropology and industrial research. It explains in detail some important applications of relational models to the construction of natural language interfaces, the building of thesauri for bibliographic information retrieval systems and the compilation of terminology banks for machine translation systems. Relational Models of the Lexicon not only provides an invaluable survey of research in relational semantics, but offers a stimulus for potential research advances in semantics, natural language processing and knowledge representation.
Part I. The Structure of the Lexicon: 2. The explanatory combinatorial dictionary, Igor Mel'cuk and Alexander Zholkovsky; 3. The dictionary and the thesaurus can be combined, Nicoletta Calzolari; 4. A lexicon for a medical expert system, Thomas Ahlswede and Martha Evens; 5. Using a lexicon of canonical graphs in a semantic interpreter, John Sowa;
Part II. Representing Lexical Knowledge: 6. How to teach a network: minimal design features for a cultural acquisition device or C-KAD, Oswald Werner; 7. Information dependencies in lexical subentries, Joseph E. Grimes; 8. Determination of lexical-semantic relations for multi-lingual terminology structures, John S. White; 9. Improved retrieval using a relational thesaurus for automatic expansion of Boolean logic queries, Edward A. Fox; 10. A lexical, syntactic and semantic framework for TELI: a user customised natural language processor, Bruce W. Ballard;
Part III. The Nature of Lexical Relations; 11. An exploration into graded set membership, Judith Markowitz; 12. Problems of the part-whole relation, Madelyn Anne Iris; 13. The nature of semantic relations: a comparison of two approaches, Roger Chaffin; 14. Relational models and metascience, William Frawley; Index.