A Frames Approach to Semantic Analysis

Charles J. Fillmore and Collin Baker

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

A Frames Approach to Semantic Analysis


This chapter contrasts a broad use of the term frame in cognitive science with its related use in a type of linguistic analysis, describing the principles and data structure of a particular research project (FrameNet) as a model for representing frame-based analyses of lexical meanings. It introduces an extension of the project to include the semantic contributions of grammatical constructions and concludes by surveying the implications of a frames perspective on some familiar issues in linguistic semantics.

Keywords: linguistic analysis; FrameNet; frame-based analyses; lexical meanings; grammatical construction; linguistic semantics

Article.  11163 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Semantics

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