Data-driven frame semantics for dialog systems [Completed]

Applications of framenets and constructicons in language technology

How do we conceive of the world? What is the structure and composition of our concepts? How do we represent in our minds categories, individuals, relations, properties, events, or sentence meanings? Some of my PhD research was concerned with how concepts can be formalized and put to use in language technology. I approached this question from the perspective of cognitive linguistics and frame semantics:

“The point of departure is the hypothesis that there is a uniform structure of representations at the neural level, the level of linguistic concepts, and the level of institutionalized conceptions such as those used in science. This uniform structure is frames in the sense introduced by the cognitive psychologist Lawrence Barsalou. Barsalou frames describe what they represent in terms of attributes (for example shape, origin, or function) and the values they take. According to Barsalou’s theory of cognition, frames are grounded in, and interact with, the sensory-motor system. The human system of concepts is not abstract and amodal; rather it is immediately anchored with perception and action.” (for more information, see SFB991: Collaborative Research Center on frames at Duesseldorf University)

Towards automatic extraction of frames and their features from text and talk: Profiling Chinese causative constructions with rang (讓), shi (使) and ling (令) using frame semantic features; Extracting construction networks from Cantonese speech corpora using clustering algorithms

Formalization and processing of non-lexical utterances in dialog and conversation: Cantonese turn-initial minimal particles: annotation of discourse-interactional functions in dialog corpora

Cognitive linguistic approaches to dialog parsing and tagging: Project notes on building a conversation parser on top of a text parser: Towards a causal language tagger for spoken Chinese

Framenets around the world:

Berkeley FrameNet, the mother of all framenets

FrameNets In Other Languages

Chinese framenets and verbnets:

  1. Chinese FrameNet (CFN), Shanxi University (defunct)

  2. Chinese FrameNet at National Taiwan University, Taiwan

  3. Mandarin Verbnet

Models of Lexical Access

1st gen: FOBS 2nd gen: TRACE, COHORT 3rd gen: SRN, DCM, RNN-based models

Andreas Liesenfeld
Andreas Liesenfeld
Postdoc in language technology

I am a social scientist working in Conversational AI. My work focuses on understanding how humans interact with voice technologies in the real world. I aspire to produce useful insights for anyone who designs, builds, uses or regulates talking machines. Late naturalist under pressure. “You must collect things for reasons you don’t yet understand.” — Daniel J. Boorstin