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wngloss - glossary of terms used in WordNet system
The WordNet Reference Manual consists of Unix-style manual pages divided into sections as follows:
|Section | Description |
| 1 | WordNet User Commands |
| 3 | WordNet Library Functions |
| 5 | WordNet File Formats |
| 7 | Miscellaneous Information about WordNet |
The WordNet system consists of lexicographer files, code to convert these files into a database, and search routines and interfaces that
display information from the database. The lexicographer files organize nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs into groups of synonyms, and
describe relations between synonym groups. grind(1) converts the lexicographer files into a database that encodes the relations between
the synonym groups. The different interfaces to the WordNet database utilize a common library of search routines to display these rela-
tions. Note that the lexicographer files and grind(1) program are not generally distributed.
Information in WordNet is organized around logical groupings called synsets. Each synset consists of a list of synonymous words or collo-
cations (eg. "fountain pen", "take in"), and pointers that describe the relations between this synset and other synsets. A word or collo-
cation may appear in more than one synset, and in more than one part of speech. The words in a synset are grouped such that they are
interchangeable in some context.
Two kinds of relations are represented by pointers: lexical and semantic. Lexical relations hold between semantically related word forms;
semantic relations hold between word meanings. These relations include (but are not limited to) hypernymy/hyponymy (superordinate/subordi-
nate), antonymy, entailment, and meronymy/holonymy.
Nouns and verbs are organized into hierarchies based on the hypernymy/hyponymy relation between synsets. Additional pointers are be used
to indicate other relations.
Adjectives are arranged in clusters containing head synsets and satellite synsets. Each cluster is organized around antonymous pairs (and
occasionally antonymous triplets). The antonymous pairs (or triplets) are indicated in the head synsets of a cluster. Most head synsets
have one or more satellite synsets, each of which represents a concept that is similar in meaning to the concept represented by the head
synset. One way to think of the adjective cluster organization is to visualize a wheel, with a head synset as the hub and satellite
synsets as the spokes. Two or more wheels are logically connected via antonymy, which can be thought of as an axle between the wheels.
Pertainyms are relational adjectives and do not follow the structure just described. Pertainyms do not have antonyms; the synset for a
pertainym most often contains only one word or collocation and a lexical pointer to the noun that the adjective is "pertaining to". Par-
ticipial adjectives have lexical pointers to the verbs that they are derived from.
Adverbs are often derived from adjectives, and sometimes have antonyms; therefore the synset for an adverb usually contains a lexical
pointer to the adjective from which it is derived.
See wndb(5) for a detailed description of the database files and how the data are represented.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Many terms used in the WordNet Reference Manual are unique to the WordNet system. Other general terms have specific meanings when used in
the WordNet documentation. Definitions for many of these terms are given to help with the interpretation and understanding of the refer-
ence manual, and in the use of the WordNet system.
In following definitions word is used in place of word or collocation.
adjective cluster A group of adjective synsets that are organized around antonymous pairs or triplets. An adjective cluster con-
tains two or more head synsets which represent antonymous concepts. Each head synset has one or more satellite
attribute A noun for which adjectives express values. The noun weight is an attribute, for which the adjectives light and
heavy express values.
base form The base form of a word or collocation is the form to which inflections are added.
basic synset Syntactically, same as synset. Term is used in wninput(5) to help explain differences in entering synsets in lex-
collocation A collocation in WordNet is a string of two or more words, connected by spaces or hyphens. Examples are: man-eat-
ing shark, blue-collar, depend on, line of products. In the database files spaces are represented as underscore
coordinate Coordinate terms are nouns or verbs that have the same hypernym.
cross-cluster pointer A semantic pointer from one adjective cluster to another.
derivationally related forms
Terms in different syntactic categories that have the same root form and are semantically related.
direct antonyms A pair of words between which there is an associative bond resulting from their frequent co-occurrence. In adjec-
tive clusters, direct antonyms appears only in head synsets.
domain A topical classification to which a synset has been linked with a CATEGORY, REGION or USAGE pointer.
domain term A synset belonging to a topical class. A domain term is further identified as being a CATEGORY_TERM, REGION_TERM
entailment A verb X entails Y if X cannot be done unless Y is, or has been, done.
exception list Morphological transformations for words that are not regular and therefore cannot be processed in an algorithmic
group Verb senses that similar in meaning and have been manually grouped together.
gloss Each synset contains gloss consisting of a definition and optionally example sentences.
head synset Synset in an adjective cluster containing at least one word that has a direct antonym.
holonym The name of the whole of which the meronym names a part. Y is a holonym of X if X is a part of Y.
hypernym The generic term used to designate a whole class of specific instances. Y is a hypernym of X if X is a (kind of)
hyponym The specific term used to designate a member of a class. X is a hyponym of Y if X is a (kind of) Y.
indirect antonym An adjective in a satellite synset that does not have a direct antonym has an indirect antonyms via the direct
antonym of the head synset.
instance A proper noun that refers to a particular, unique referent (as distinguished from nouns that refer to classes).
This is a specific form of hyponym.
lemma Lower case ASCII text of word as found in the WordNet database index files. Usually the base form for a word or
lexical pointer A lexical pointer indicates a relation between words in synsets (word forms).
lexicographer file Files containing the raw data for WordNet synsets, edited by lexicographers, that are input to the grind program
to generate a WordNet database.
lexicographer id (lex id)
A decimal integer that, when appended onto lemma, uniquely identifies a sense within a lexicographer file.
monosemous Having only one sense in a syntactic category.
meronym The name of a constituent part of, the substance of, or a member of something. X is a meronym of Y if X is a part
part of speech WordNet defines "part of speech" as either noun, verb, adjective, or adverb. Same as syntactic category.
participial adjective An adjective that is derived from a verb.
pertainym A relational adjective. Adjectives that are pertainyms are usually defined by such phrases as "of or pertaining
to" and do not have antonyms. A pertainym can point to a noun or another pertainym.
polysemous Having more than one sense in a syntactic category.
polysemy count Number of senses of a word in a syntactic category, in WordNet.
postnominal A postnominal adjective occurs only immediately following the noun that it modifies.
predicative An adjective that can be used only in predicate positions. If X is a predicate adjective, it can only be used in
such phrases as "it is X" and never prenominally.
prenominal An adjective that can occur only before the noun that it modifies: it cannot be used predicatively.
satellite synset Synset in an adjective cluster representing a concept that is similar in meaning to the concept represented by its
semantic concordance A textual corpus (e.g. the Brown Corpus) and a lexicon (e.g. WordNet) so combined that every substantive word in
the text is linked to its appropriate sense in the lexicon via a semantic tag.
semantic tag A pointer from a word in a text file to a specific sense of that word in the WordNet database. A semantic tag in
a semantic concordance is represented by a sense key.
semantic pointer A semantic pointer indicates a relation between synsets (concepts).
sense A meaning of a word in WordNet. Each sense of a word is in a different synset.
sense key Information necessary to find a sense in the WordNet database. A sense key combines a lemma field and codes for
the synset type, lexicographer id, lexicographer file number, and information about a satellite's head synset, if
required. See senseidx(5) for a description of the format of a sense key.
subordinate Same as hyponym.
superordinate Same as hypernym.
synset A synonym set; a set of words that are interchangeable in some context without changing the truth value of the
preposition in which they are embedded.
troponym A verb expressing a specific manner elaboration of another verb. X is a troponym of Y if to X is to Y in some
unique beginner A noun synset with no superordinate.
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