Wordnet or Cyc for Pali? Computational lexical semantics?
- Wordnet or Cyc for Pali?
While reading Steven Collins "Nirvana and other Buddhist Felicities"
(1998) what he had to say about how lists are inter-related in Pali texts
such as the Anguttara Nikaya seemed very reminiscent of WordNet and
Cyc that chart relations between words and concepts with logical
relations such as "X is a kind of Y" or "X is a part of Y":
" lists are inter-related in three principal ways: one may subsume
another, one may be substituted for another, one may suggest another
by association In an oral sermon or a written text, one can begin
anywhere expanding from there into other lists" (Collins, 1998, 122).
The deeper I read in Burmese literature the more systematic ideas
seem to become and the source of these ideas seems mostly to
be Pali literature (or the Pali knowledgebase or Pali imaginaire).
Has any work been done on what might be called the "computational
lexical semantics" of Pali?