Type Theories and Lexical Networks: using Serious Games as the basis for Multi-Sorted Typed Systems

Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Mathieu Lafourcade, UniversityofMontpellier, France
Lionel Ramadier, RadiologyDept.CHU Montpellier, France
Manel Zarrouk, National University of Ireland,Galway, Ireland


In this paper, we show how a rich lexico-semantic network which has been built using serious games, JeuxDeMots, can help us in grounding our semantic ontologies as well as different sorts of information in doing formal semantics using rich or modern type theories (type theories within the tradition of Martin Löf). We discuss the domain of base types, adjectival and verbal types, hyperonymy/hyponymy relations as well as more advanced issues like homophony and polysemy. We show how one can take advantage of this wealth in a formal compositional semantics framework. This is a way to sidestep the problem of deciding how your type ontology should look like once you have made a move to a many sorted type system. Furthermore, we show how this kind of information can be extracted  from JeuxdeMots and inserted into a proof-assistant like Coq in order to perform reasoning tasks using modern type theoretic semantics.


Lexical Networks; JeuxdeMots; Type Theory; Type Ontologies; Formal Semantics; Natural Language Inference

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15398/jlm.v5i2.145

ISSN of the paper edition: 2299-856X