Formalizations of Knowledge and/in Semiotic Models in Terminology Science

Marija Ivanović; Thierry Declerck

In: Catherine Brun; Christophe Roche (Hrsg.). Actes de la conférence TOTh 2021. Terminology & Ontology: Theories and applications (TOTh-2021), June 3-4, Chambéry,, France, Pages 21-38, ISBN 978-2-37741-079-8, Presses Universitaires Savoie Mont Blanc, 73011 CHAMBÉRY CEDEX, 12/2022.


The aim of this study is to compare the semiotic models by Roche (2007) and Felber (1993): both deal with the formalization of knowledge, but were based on different theoretical influences, and traditions of terminology as well as in different times. While Felber’s approach never was operationalised, Roche’s semiotic model is the basis for the multilingual ontoterminology editor Tedi. Both approaches are introduced, and then their perspective on natural language, concepts and concept relations, the role of logic, and formalized representation are compared. To encompass all these aspects and connect them to a real-world application, Tedi is used as a structure to which Felber’s ideas are mapped. The analysis shows that Roche’s and Felber’s approach differ in their perspective on natural language, but deal both with concepts and concept relations, and use logic for the inheritance of characteristics in hierarchical concept structures. This could be a starting point for further analysis of those approaches and a possible combination.


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