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September 2014

Hans Boas co-organizes a workshop on Construction Grammar and Language contact, together with Steffen Höder (University of Kiel, Germany).

Recent News

June 2014

Hans Boas co-organizes a workshop on verb classes and valency at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim, Germany.

Recent News

May 2014

Dux, Ryan. 2014. Near-synonymous verbs with non-uniform syntax: Change verbs in English and German.


German FrameNet at the University of Texas at Austin aims at building an on-line lexical resource for German verbs, nouns, and adjectives. Based on Frame Semantics and supported by corpus evidence, German FrameNet documents the full range of semantic and syntactic valences of each word in each of its senses. The resulting database consists of lexical entries that contain information about the semantic frame to which a lexical unit (a word in one of its senses) belongs, in combination with semantic and syntactic valence descriptions, and a collection of annotated corpus attestations. The data produced by German FrameNet will be useful for research in Natural Language Processing as well as Foreign Language Education.

German FrameNet (GFN) works in collaboration with the English-based FrameNet project at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California as well as the SALSA project (The Saarbrücken Lexical Semantics Acquisition Project) at the University of the Saarland, Germany. Ultimately, we are planning on linking lexical entries produced by GFN with the English FrameNet lexical entries in order to arrive at a contrastive FrameNet lexicon. Similar efforts are currently under way for Spanish and Japanese, among other languages. The newest research regarding the cross-linguistic implementation of FrameNet principles have recently been published in a book by Hans C. Boas, Multilingual FrameNets: Methods and Applications (Mouton de Gruyter, 2009).

Last updated September 2014

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