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Title: Conceitos, Classes e/ou Universais: Com o que é que se constrói uma ontologia?
Paper URL: http://linguamatica.com/index.php/linguamatica/article/view/10/13
Author: Patrícia Cunha França
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Homepage: http://patriciacunhafranca.weebly.com/
Institution: Universidade do Minho
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Semantics; Typology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: O termo 'ontologia' é frequentemente usado no âmbito da Ciência da Computação para referir-se a uma 'especificação [...] de uma conceptualização' (Gruber, 1993: 2). Mas será de conceitos que a ontologia trata? Smith, por exemplo, que tem vindo a desenvolver o seu trabalho sobre ontologias no âmbito da biomedicina argumenta que as ontologias, pelo menos as ontologias científicas de domínio específico e científico, não tratam de conceitos mas de universais. Este artigo tem por objectivo analisar os termos usados por diferentes autores, que têm vindo a contribuir para o estudo das ontologias, de forma a encontrar um denominador comum.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Linguamática Vol 1(1), p.105 - 122; ISSN: 1647-0818
URL: http://linguamatica.com/index.php/linguamatica/article/view/10/13

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