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International FrameNet Workshop 2013

Call for papers

The FrameNet Workshop will bring together researchers working on FrameNet-style lexical resources and constructicons in different languages or specialized vocabularies as well as those developing applications that use FrameNet data.

The FrameNet project (http:/framenet.icsi.berkeley.edu) is building a human- and machine-readable knowledge base for English and annotating example sentences that show how words are used in actual texts. FrameNet contains over 12,000 word senses and nearly 200,000 manually annotations of sentences, providing a unique training dataset for a variety of natural language processing tasks, including automatic semantic role labeling, information extraction, machine translation, event recognition, and sentiment analysis. FrameNet also serves as a valence dictionary, providing detailed information on the syntactic-semantic combinatorial properties of a substantial portion of the core vocabulary of English.

FrameNet is based on the principles of Frame Semantics (Fillmore 1976, 1977, 1982, 1985), a theory about meaning in language that defines word meaning in terms of the semantic frame – an experience-based schematization of the speaker’s world that represents an event, relation, or entity that also facilitates inferencing. FrameNet was founded in 1997, and is hosted at the International Computer Science Institute, and has been supported primarily by the US National Science Foundation. FrameNet data has been downloaded and used by thousands of researchers around the world for a wide variety of purposes.

FrameNet projects following the Berkeley model have been in progress in many languages for a number of years, including Japanese, Chinese, German, Swedish, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, with others (e.g. French) just beginning their work. Some of these projects have begun developing FrameNet extensions, such as a language-specific constructicon, comparable to the FrameNet constructicon (Fillmore, Lee-Goldman and Rhodes 2012), which is based on the principles of Construction Grammar and combines lexicography and language technology.

Workshop Goals:

  • Exchange information about current research and applications of FrameNet projects in different languages
  • Advance the field by stimulating dialogue among the developers of FrameNets and extensions
  • Define new directions for research and development of FrameNets and their extensions

Topics include:

  • Design decisions in the construction of FrameNet-like knowledge bases
  • Cross-linguistic connections and multilingual FrameNets
  • FrameNets for specific domains in relation to Berkeley FrameNet and other lexica
  • Extensions of FrameNet, e.g. language-specific constructicons
  • Applications using FrameNet data
  • Planning the future of FrameNet


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Participation and Submission Information

We expect everyone to contribute to the workshop through active participation. We invite participants to submit an abstract of up to 500 words plus references for peer review and prepare an oral presentation. Workshop participants will be invited to submit a full paper for publication after the workshop for possible inclusion in the workshop proceedings.

Please be aware that the number of participants is limited.

Important dates

  • 21st March (Pacific time): abstract submission to EasyChair
  • 28th March: notification of acceptance
  • 19th April: Workshop

Workshop organizers

  • Lars Borin (University of Gothenburg; Organizing chair)
  • Karin Friberg Heppin (University of Gothenburg)
  • Gerard de Melo (ICSI)
  • Miriam R.L. Petruck (ICSI)

Program committee

  • Collin Baker (ICSI)
  • Roberto Basili (University of Roma)
  • Hans Boas (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Lars Borin (University of Gothenburg)
  • Dana Dannélls (Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Gerard de Melo (ICSI)
  • Katrin Erk (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Markus Forsberg (University of Gothenburg)
  • Karin Friberg Heppin (University of Gothenburg)
  • Richard Johansson (University of Gothenburg)
  • Dimitrios Kokkinakis (University of Gothenburg)
  • Benjamin Lyngfelt (University of Gothenburg)
  • Miriam R.L. Petruck (ICSI)
  • Ivan Titov (Saarland University)
  • Sara Tonelli (FBK)
  • Tiago Timponi Torrent (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora)