Frame Semantics Beyond Events, Beyond English

A Talk by Dr. Collin Baker of the International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley

Tue, March 10, 2015 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Frame semantics, created by Charles Fillmore, Paul Kay and colleagues, began as a development of Case Grammar, and was centered on events and the roles of participants in them, and is sometimes supposed to be limited to describing verbs and their arguments. From the beginning, however, Fillmore thought of the principle that the meanings of words are understood (and must be described) in terms of conceptual gestalts and their “participants,” “props,” and “settings” in broad terms across many domains. The current FrameNet Project at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, CA has continued to build up a lexical database covering more than 1,100 semantic frames, documented by almost 200,000 manually annotated examples, which includes not only frames for events (and subevents), but also for entities, states, and relations such as kinship, possession, and containment. Substantial efforts are creating similar frame semantic databases for more than a dozen languages, including Spanish, Japanese, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean and Arabic. In this talk, Dr. Baker will discuss the full range of semantic frames his project is defining and exemplifying, especially recent work on spatial relations and the orientational frameworks that underlie them, and the status of projects in other languages and their relation to frames developed for English.

Sponsored by: Dept of Germanic Studies and the Texas Language Center

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