Frame(s) (Semantics) and Phraseology
New deadline for submissions : January, 15th
Convenors: Laurent Gautier (Dijon) – Simon Varga (Mainz-Germersheim)
In recent years, Frame 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 fields as diverse as discourse linguistics (Ziem 2008), constructional approaches to grammar (Lasch & Ziem 2011), conceptual approaches to metaphor (Sullivan 2013), terminology (Faber 2012), and translation studies (Čulo 2013)—and beyond linguistics in computer sciences or AI—, giving rise to a range of new research methodologies and paradigms. One of the most important achievements of these recent frame-based approaches is that they not only focus on lexical units but also on larger linguistic units, such as sentences, utterances, discourse routines or whole texts.
Yet, so far, Frame Semantics has only received limited attention in phraseology research, although there are clear parallels between the concepts of phrase frame, formulaic frame or lexical frame used in analysing formulaic language and Frame Semantics proper. However, semantic frames being designed to allow for a uniform representation of the meanings not only of words, but also of sentences and texts, they hold great potential for the study of phraseology and, more generally, syntactic and semantic frozenness.
Furthermore, the increased interest of phraseology scholars in cognitive linguistic theories, such as conceptual metaphor (Lakoff & Johnson 2003) and conceptual blending theory (Fauconnier & Turner 2003), raises the question of how cognitive frame theories—as developed by Minsky (1975) and Barsalou (1992)—can be put to use in studying phraseology, with a special focus on idioms and figurative language.
This workshop aims at bringing together researchers working in these fields in order to discuss all these (hidden) potentials in a more or less systematic way. The contributions can deal, among others, with the following questions:
- How do conceptual structures represented by frames give rise to formulaic expressions?
- How do semantic explanations of phraseological constructions appeal to frames for background information?
- How can semantic and conceptual frames complement each other in the field of phraseology?
- How can corpus-based phraseology make use of Frame Semantics?
- How can Frame Semantics be implemented in phraseography?
Proposals should be written in English, and include a title, a 250-word abstract (excluding references), 5 keywords, and a short bionote. Proposals are due by December 15th 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.
Fauconnier, Gilles & Mark Turner. 2003. The Way We Think. Conceptual Blending and the Mind’s Hidden Complexities. New York: Basic Books.
Lakoff, George & Mark Johnson. 2003. Metahors We Live By. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press.
Lasch, Alexander & Alexander Ziem (eds.). 2011. Konstruktionsgrammatik III: Aktuelle Fragen und Lösungsansätze. Tübingen: Stauffenberg.
Minsky, Marvin. 1975. A Framework for Representing Knowledge. In Patrick Henry Winston (ed.), The Psychology of Computer Vision, 211–280. (McGraw-Hill Computer Science Series). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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.