Metaphors in WordNets from Theory to Practice

WordNet-like resources enhanced with a more systematic, consistent and efficient way of encoding data related to metaphors should improve the performance of a number of applications. As for the methodology to be followed, we stress two basic points: 1) the necessity of adding corpora as data sources and 2) the necessity of adopting a well-established and generally accepted theoretical framework like the one proposed by Lakoff and Johnson. The main part of this paper discusses how the practical work of adding information on metaphors to wordnets should be carried out. We propose a detailed analysis of one conceptual metaphor and its actual and possible representation within EWN. We also provide examples of how the results obtained could enhance the performance of applications using wordnets containing such information
Published in 2004