Frame Semantics in Specialized Communication Studies
Proposal for a theme session at DGKL/GCLA 8
University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Germany, Sept. 26th – 28th, 2018.
In recent years, Frame Semantics – one of the major theories in Cognitive Semantics – has become a subject of intensive research in an ever-increasing number of domains other than lexicography, which had long been its main field of application (first of all in the well-known FrameNet project). This broadening of scope has led to increased attention being paid to the potential of Frame Semantics in potentially “applied” fields as diverse as discourse linguistics (Ziem 2008), constructional approaches to grammar (Lasch & Ziem 2011), conceptual approaches to metaphor (Sullivan 2013), translation studies (Čulo 2013), and beyond linguistics in computer sciences or AI, giving rise to a range of new research methodologies and paradigms. Other domains that have seen increased interest in frame-semantic approaches over the last years are terminology as well as Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) in general (Faber 2012). Furthermore, the application of the frame concept to both the micro- and the macrostructural level of texts offers interesting possibilities regarding its integration into comprehensive models of specialized communication, such as proposed by Schubert (2007).
On the basis of this recent development, we invite scholars from different disciplines and working on various languages and specialized domains to discuss the possibilities offered by Frame Semantics and other frame-based approaches to language and knowledge (e. g. Barsalou 1992) in their respective fields of research. The contributions can deal, among others, with
- the potential of Frame Semantics for LSP teachers and learners;
- the application of frame-based approaches to the terminology and terminography of various specialized domains;
- the benefits of Frame Semantics for an integrative description of LSP linguistic features (lexico-grammar for instance);
- corpus-linguistic approaches to Frame Semantics in the context of LSP;
- the frame-based construction of domain-specific ontologies/taxonomies;
- the advantages of frame-based lexica, such as FrameNet, in modelling domain-specific knowledge structures;
- the benefits of implementing domain-specific frame-based resources in machine translation (MT) and computer-assisted translation (CAT) systems.
Proposals should be written in English or German and not exceed 200 words (excluding references). They are due by January 25th at the latest, and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Barsalou, Lawrence W. 1992. Frames, Concepts, and Conceptual Fields. In Adrienne Lehrer & Eva Feder Kittay (eds.), Frames, Fields and Contrasts. New Essays in Semantic and Lexical Organization, 21–74. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Čulo, Oliver. 2013. Constructions-and-frames analysis of translations: The interplay of syntax and semantics in translations between English and German. Constructions and Frames 5(2). 143–167.
Faber, Pamela (ed.). 2012. A Cognitive Linguistics View of Terminology and Specialized Language. Berlin ; New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Lasch, Alexander & Alexander Ziem (eds.). 2011. Konstruktionsgrammatik III: Aktuelle Fragen und Lösungsansätze. Tübingen: Stauffenberg.
Schubert, Klaus. 2007. Wissen, Sprache, Medium, Arbeit: ein integratives Modell der ein- und mehrsprachigen Fachkommunikation. (Forum für Fachsprachen-Forschung Band 76). Tübingen: Gunter Narr.
Sullivan, Karen. 2013. Frames and Constructions in Metaphoric Language. (Constructional Approaches to Language 14). Amsterdam ; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Ziem, Alexander. 2008. Frames und sprachliches Wissen: kognitive Aspekte der semantischen Kompetenz. (Sprache Und Wissen 2). Berlin: De Gruyter.