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Dagobert Soergel
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Beyond facets: Semantic roots and modifiers as elements of a conceptual morphology

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This paper presents initial ideas on a conceptual morphology in which concepts such as Fermentation, Fermented, and Fermentable are represented as combinations of a semantic root, in the example Ferment, with a modifier, in the example process, state/condition, and susceptible to process, respectively. This makes it possible to generate a large number of concepts from a much smaller list of semantic roots and modifiers. It also allows for great flexibility in indexing and searching. The paper gives a preliminary scheme of modifiers and invites ideas from classification researchers, logicians, and linguists.
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