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ontolangs (was: Basic Color Terms: Classical Yiklamu)

From:Mark P. Line <mark@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 4:07
Jörg Rhiemeier said:
> Hallo! > > On Sun, 25 Apr 2004 19:47:02 -0400, > Javier BF <uaxuctum@...> wrote: > >> >FWIW: >> > >> > >> >> Over half a hundred (!) _basic_ colour terms? >> That is definitely odd. > > It is, but as far as I understand it, Classical Yiklamu is an engelang > that uses no derivations, but assigns a unique root to each of the > 70,000 entries of the WordNet thesaurus, using unrelated roots for, > e.g., `to bake' and `baker'.
Yep. I prefer to call CY an "ontolang" because (at least) its lexical meanings are based on an (existing) ontology. It's true that the ontology is derived from English word meanings, so I reckon the engelang shoe fits as well. A more prototypical ontolang would be the Waldzell Conlang, which represents an upper ontology directly. Does anybody know of any other candidate ontolangs? Does anybody have any favorite ontologies that could provide the semantics of a conlang? -- Mark