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The distinction between linguistic and conceptual semantics in medical terminology and its implication for NLP-based knowledge acquisition

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Natural language understanding systems have to exploit various kinds of knowledge in order to represent the meaning behind texts. Getting this knowledge in place is often such a huge enterprise that it is tempting to look for systems that can discover such knowledge automatically. We describe how the distinction between conceptual and linguistic semantics may assist in reaching this objective, provided that distinguishing between them is not done too rigorously. We present several examples to support this view and argue that in a multilingual environment, linguistic ontologies should be designed as interfaces between domain conceptualizations and linguistic knowledge bases.
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ontology, natural language, conceptual semantics, linguistic semantics

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Ceusters, W, F Buekens, Georges De Moor, and A Waagmeester. 1998. “The Distinction Between Linguistic and Conceptual Semantics in Medical Terminology and Its Implication for NLP-based Knowledge Acquisition.” Methods of Information in Medicine 37 (4-5): 327–333.
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Ceusters, W, Buekens, F., De Moor, G., & Waagmeester, A. (1998). The distinction between linguistic and conceptual semantics in medical terminology and its implication for NLP-based knowledge acquisition. METHODS OF INFORMATION IN MEDICINE, 37(4-5), 327–333.
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Ceusters W, Buekens F, De Moor G, Waagmeester A. The distinction between linguistic and conceptual semantics in medical terminology and its implication for NLP-based knowledge acquisition. METHODS OF INFORMATION IN MEDICINE. 1998;37(4-5):327–33.
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Ceusters, W, F Buekens, Georges De Moor, et al. “The Distinction Between Linguistic and Conceptual Semantics in Medical Terminology and Its Implication for NLP-based Knowledge Acquisition.” METHODS OF INFORMATION IN MEDICINE 37.4-5 (1998): 327–333. Print.
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  abstract     = {Natural language understanding systems have to exploit various kinds of knowledge in order to represent the meaning behind texts. Getting this knowledge in place is often such a huge enterprise that it is tempting to look for systems that can discover such knowledge automatically. We describe how the distinction between conceptual and linguistic semantics may assist in reaching this objective, provided that distinguishing between them is not done too rigorously. We present several examples to support this view and argue that in a multilingual environment, linguistic ontologies should be designed as interfaces between domain conceptualizations and linguistic knowledge bases.},
  author       = {Ceusters, W and Buekens, F and De Moor, Georges and Waagmeester, A},
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  journal      = {METHODS OF INFORMATION IN MEDICINE},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4-5},
  pages        = {327--333},
  title        = {The distinction between linguistic and conceptual semantics in medical terminology and its implication for NLP-based knowledge acquisition},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {1998},
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