Metaphor-based meaning excavation

Yair Neuman, Ophir Nave

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Excavating the meaning of a target term is a challenge facing information sciences and various applications of Web 3.0. In this paper, we present a novel method for excavating the meaning of a target term by analyzing metaphors in which the term is embedded. More specifically, we (1) review some of the basic theoretical difficulties associated with the dominant cognitive theories of metaphor; (2) outline a mathematical model of metaphor that addresses some of these difficulties; (3) introduce a novel method for excavating metaphor-based meaning; and (4) illustrate the relevance of the methodology and the potential applications of the model with a concrete example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2719-2728
Number of pages10
JournalInformation Sciences
Issue number16
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2009


  • Category theory
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Meaning
  • Metaphor
  • Semiotics
  • Web 3.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence


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