Document (#1196)

Author
Michell, G.
Title
Does PRECIS have feet of clay? : problems with the universality of the role operators
Source
Sharing resources, sharing costs. Proc. of the 7th Annual Canadian Conf. on Information Science, Banff, 12.-15.5.1979
Imprint
Calgary Alta
Year
1979
Pages
S.123-129
Abstract
One current trend in information retrieval that can facilitate resource sharing and cost reduction is the sread of common indexing languages. Of the more sophisticated languages available, clearly the best known and widely adopted is PRECIS. One of the claims made for PRECIS by its designer is that the role operators it uses correspond to linguistic universals, making PRECIS eminently suitable for multilingual indexing. This strong claim, if justified, could make PRECIS the common indexing language of choice where translation problems have high priority, as they do in Canada. This paper shows there is little support for this claim to universality because the role operators are defined in terms of superficial characteristics of language that are far from universal
Theme
Preserved Context Index System (PRECIS)
Object
PRECIS

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