This paper discusses the role of ontologies in a knowledge elicitation component of a natural language processing system. The system is intended to assist in the rapid development and deployment of a machine translation system from any so–called ‘low–density’ language (one lacking significant machine–tractable resources) into English. The elicitation component, called BOAS, is intended to guide non–expert informants to provide linguistic information in sufficient detail to automatically generate a machine translation system.
Helmreich, Steve, and Ron Zacharski. 2005. The role of ontologies in a linguistic knowledge acquisition task. Proceedings of The Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data Workshop on Linguistic Ontologies and Data Categories for Language Resources. Cambridge, MA. July 1-3, 2005. (pdf)