Extended deadline: Workshop on Constructionist resources at ICCG-8

Benjamin Lyngfelt benjamin.lyngfelt at svenska.gu.se
Thu Jan 16 10:47:53 UTC 2014

The deadline for abstracts has been extended to February 16.

Workshop: Constructionist resources
Organizers: Ellen Dodge, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Kyoko Ohara, Miriam R. L. Petruck & Tiago Torrent

Construction Grammar has not only generated a wealth of linguistic research but also inspired the development of a number of linguistically motivated knowledge bases, which serve as resources for linguistics, language technology, and language pedagogy. The most well-known and long established of these databases is FrameNet, a large-scale and elaborate instantiation of Frame Semantics (e.g. Fillmore & Baker 2009). The first FrameNet was developed for English in Berkeley, and there are now FrameNets for quite a few languages. A complementary development are constructicons (e.g. Fillmore et al. 2012). In constructionist theory, a constructicon is the inventory of constructions that a language presumably consists of; as a practical application, a constructicon is a corresponding collection of construction descriptions. A third kind of resource is MetaNet (Dodge et al. 2013), a multilingual metaphor repository, based on the notion of conceptual metaphor, and organized according to the principles of Frame Semantics (Ruppenhofer et al. 2010) and Embodied Construction Grammar (Feldman et al. 2010). Both MetaNet and the constructicons build on FrameNet methodology and are intended to be compatible tools.

We now invite papers on these and other construction related resources to a workshop at ICCG-8 (the 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar) in Osnabrück, Germany, September 3–6 2014.This workshop will include both presentations of project-particular developments and discussions of how to connect the various resources in useful ways. Key topics are the relations between Frame Semantics, Construction Grammar, and Conceptual Metaphors, as well as cross-linguistic applications of the resources.

The deadline for abstract submission is February 16. Abstracts should not be longer than 1 page and should not exceed 400 words. Since all submissions will be reviewed anonymously, all author-specific information must be avoided. The time allotted for each presentation is 20 minutes plus a 10 minute discussion.

Abstract reviewing is handled via EasyAbs, so please submit your abstract online to

Information about the general conference can be found at


Boas, Hans C. (ed.) (2009). Multilingual FrameNets in Computational Lexicography: Methods and Applications. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Dodge, Ellen, Jisup Hong, Elise Stickles & Oana David (2013). The MetaNet Wiki: A collaborative online resource for metaphor and image schema analysis. Talk presented at the 12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.

Feldman, Jerome, Ellen Dodge & John Bryant (2010). Embodied Construction Grammar. In Bernd Heine & Heiko Narrog (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, pp. 111–138. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.

Fillmore, Charles J. & Collin F. Baker (2009). A Frames Approach to Semantic Analysis. In Bernd Heine & Heiko Narrog (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, pp. 313–339. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press.

Fillmore, Charles J., Russell Lee-Goldman & Russell Rhomieux (2012). The FrameNet Constructicon. In Hans C. Boas & Ivan A. Sag (eds.), Sign-based Construction Grammar, pp. 309–372. Stanford: CSLI.

FrameNet. <framenet.icsi.berkeley.edu<http://framenet.icsi.berkeley.edu/>>

Lyngfelt, Benjamin, Lars Borin, Markus Forsberg, Julia Prentice, Rudolf Rydstedt, Emma Sköldberg & Sofia Tingsell (2012). Adding a Constructicon to the Swedish resource network of Språkbanken. Proceedings of KONVENS 2012 (LexSem 2012 workshop), pp. 452–461. Vienna.

Ohara, Kyoko Hirose (2013). Toward Constructicon Building for Japanese in Japanese FrameNet. Veredas 17: 11–27.

Ruppenhofer, Josef, Michael Ellsworth, Mirian R. L. Petruck, Christopher R. Johnson & Jan Scheffczyk (2010). FrameNet II: Extended theory and practice. Berkeley: ICSI. <https://framenet2.icsi.berkeley.edu/docs/r1.5/book.pdf>

Sköldberg, Emma, Linnéa Bäckström, Lars Borin, Markus Forsberg, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Leif-Jöran Olsson, Julia Prentice, Rudolf Rydstedt, Sofia Tingsell & Jonatan Uppström (2013). Between Grammars and Dictionaries: a Swedish Constructicon. Proceedings of eLex 2013, pp. 310–327. Tallinn.

Torrent, Tiago Timpani & Michael Ellsworth (2013). Behind the Labels: Criteria for Defining Analytical Categories in FrameNet Brasil. Veredas 17: 44–65.

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