Antonio Lazari of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Dr. María Ángeles Zarco-Tejada of Universidad de Cádiz have published JurWordNet and FrameNet Approaches to Meaning Representation: A Legal Case Study, in LREC 2012 Conference Proceedings: Semantic Processing of Legal Texts (SPLeT-2012) Workshop, pp. 21-26.
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This paper describes JurWordNet, FrameNet and LOIS approaches towards meaning representation regarding the concept ‘State Liability’ from a cross-linguistic and comparative perspective. Our starting point has been the lexical and conceptual mismatching of legal terms that the process of harmonization in the European Union has manifested. Our study analyzes such concept in Italian, Spanish, French and English and shows how a deeper sub-language based representation of meaning is needed to account for such phenomena. We examine the most important computational-lexical models in an attempt to identify the most suitable and appropriate approach towards lexical-conceptual mismatching of the concept ‘State liability’ in the European legal tradition. Our proposal shows a formalization of the concept in the four systems mentioned and uses semantic features to represent lexical mismatching and cultural differences. With this study we show in a systematic way the differences in legal tradition and the reasons for divergence in the judicial use of related concepts.