Semantic relations are an important element in the construction of ontology-based linguistic resources and models of problem domains. Nevertheless, they remain under-specified. This is a pervasive problem in both Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. Thus, we find semantic links that can have multiple interpretations, abstractions that are not enough to represent the relation richness of problem domains, and even poorly structured taxonomies. However, if provided with precise semantics, some of these problems can be avoided, and meaningful operations can be performed on them that can be an aid in the ontology construction process. In this paper we present some insightful issues about the representation of relations. Moreover, the initiatives aiming to provide relations with clear semantics are explained and the inclusion of their core ideas as part of a methodology for the development of ontology-based linguistic resources is proposed.