A proposal for a multilevel linguistic representation of Spanish personal names

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This paper proposes a multilevel representation of personal names, which makes a clear distinction between ontological information, described in a <i>person database,</i> and different levels of linguistic representation of personal names. Adopting the linguistic model and formalisms provided within the Meaning &#8660; Text framework, it is argued that, contrary to other proper names (e.g. names of organizations, toponyms, etc.), which should be treated similarly to idioms, personal name strings such as <i>Jos&#233; Luis Rodr&#237;guez Zapatero</i> should not be represented as single units in any linguistic level, nor in the lexicon. Variant forms referring to a concrete person (e.g. <i>Jos&#233; Luis Rodr&#237;guez Zapatero, Rodr&#237;guez Zapatero, Zapatero, ZP</i>) are accounted for by a set of rules connecting the <i>person database</i> and the semantic level representation of the personal name.


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