An Ontology for Linguistic Annotation

This paper discusses some of the design criteria for a linguistic ontology that can be used to support multilingual and crosslinguistic searches and queries on the Internet. It focuses on integrating linguistic concepts and instances into an upper-level ontology, and shows that the result can be understood and analyzed as a feature (structure) system. It considers various types of linguistic structure ranging from segment types to grammatical properties and relations, and linguistic inventories including phoneme tables, inflectional paradigms, lexicons, and grammatical descriptions.