Conceptual Modeling: the Linguistic Approach


  • Lucia Castro
  • Fernanda Araujo Araujo
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi



After more than thirty years of its first introduction, conceptual modeling remains an important research field, which has been recently addressed by the literature on semantic interoperability in its various forms (model integration, service interoperability, knowledge harmonization, taxonomy alignment), domain engineering and the creation of conceptual models through Natural Language Processing (NLP), to name a few. In the database conceptual design, the designer must learn the language used in the Universe of Discourse (UoD) to be modeled, along with its underlying concepts, and then represent such concepts in a modeling language. Thus, the conceptual modeling process can be seen as a translation. For the resulting model to be both detailed and unambiguous, the designer must represent the UoD in a generative language which constructs can convey the same concepts represented in the respective natural language. For the whole process to be effective, we argue that the adoption of modeling languages and methodologies that are based on well-founded ontological theories is required. We propose the use of a linguistic approach for conceptual modeling from natural language texts, and illustrate how it may be applied using the well-founded modeling language OntoUML.


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Author Biography

Lucia Castro

José Palazzo M. de Oliveira é professor Titular no Instituto de Informática da UFRGS.

JPMO is Full Professor of Computer Science at UFRGS





How to Cite

Castro, L., Araujo, F. A., & Guizzardi, G. (2010). Conceptual Modeling: the Linguistic Approach. Revista De Informática Teórica E Aplicada, 16(2), 103–104.



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