FrameNet Masterclass and Workshop


FrameNet is a project directed by Charles J. Fillmore and hosted at the International Computer Science Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. It is an on-line lexical resource based on frame semantics and supported by corpus evidence. FrameNet is mainly a lexical database, containing approximately 10,000 lexical units, 825 semantic frames and over 135,000 example sentences. It is developed based on English, but also on a number of other languages, such as Japanese, German and Spanish. The aim of the project is to document the range of semantic and syntactic combinatorial possibilities - valences - of each word in each of its senses.
Similar projects are ongoing today, including PropBank, NomBank, VerbNet and Prague Tectogrammatics (PDT-Vallex).

Despite the fact that FrameNet has begun to annotate some continuous texts, as a demonstration of how frame semantics can contribute to text understanding, no FrameNet annotated corpus is currently available and FrameNet data are systematically biased by the criteria for the selection of the examples adopted to describe the frame semantics of target words.
Therefore, a more strict collaboration between FrameNet and annotated corpora (especially, treebanks) is now required for at least two reasons: (a) during the procedure of syntactic annotation, FrameNet data can help with consistency and supply motives in support of annotation choices; (b) annotated corpora provide further evidence to FrameNet data, allowing lexicographers to ground their decisions on a wider variety of examples.
In order to connect people involved in treebank development, management and exploitation with the FrameNet project, TLT8 will be co-located with an event conceived as a Masterclass by Charles J. Fillmore (morning, Dec. 3rd), followed in the afternoon by a workshop with oral presentations (peer-reviewed) on research concerning FrameNet and related linguistic and corpus topics.

To submit a proposal for an oral presentation in the afternoon workshop, please see the Call for Contributions.