Welcome to FrameNet

Welcome! This is the official website for the FrameNet Project, housed at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California.

If you just want to explore, please type a word or phrase into the "Search" box at the left; this will look for the word in the FrameNet database.

For a more structured approach to learning about FrameNet, please begin with the tab "FrameNet/About FrameNet" above.

Almost all of the FrameNet data can be reached by browsing this website--you do not need a login to do so. If you need a machine-readable copy of the data, please go to "FrameNet Data/Request FrameNet data".

We regret that the forum has been disabled due to excessive spam and bot accesses; we hope to have it operating again soon.

Thanks. -Collin Baker, Project Manger

Recent News

02/27/15 Planned downtime March 17, 2015

The FrameNet website will be unavailable on March 17, 2015 between 17:00 and 21:00 PDT (00:00-04:00 UTC), due to routine maintenance. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

02/06/15 FrameNet Tutorial at NAACL/HLT 2015!

FrameNet Tutorial at NAACL/HLT 2015!

  • Getting the Roles Right: Using FameNet in NLP

The tutorial will be held on May 31, 2015 as part of the Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics – Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2015), May 31 to June 5 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Further details coming soon.

08/22/14 Frame Lattice List Now Available For Viewing

FrameNet has noted several broad categories, including Event, Relation, State, Entity, Locale, and Process. Many frames inherit from these "top-level" categories, and from those inherited frames, many frames are related via relationships such as Using, Precedes, Subframe, etc. Further effort has extracted potential "top-level" frames which do not inherit from any other frames. These potential "top-level" frames (and all related frames) have been gathered as smaller groups. Finally, frames which neither inherit nor have inheritors are listed as "Singletons".

The Frame Lattice List may be found under FrameNet Data or at the following address: https://framenet.icsi.berkeley.edu/fndrupal/FrameLatticeList

06/09/14 FrameNet Workshop 2 to be held in June 29 in Baltimore

FrameNet is pleased to announce the second FrameNet Workshop, to be held in Baltimore, Sunday, June 29th, shortly after the end of ACL 2014. This is a one-day workshop, covering the theoretical basis of frame semantics, the FrameNet data structures and distribution, and practical applications. Speakers will include Miriam Petruck and Collin Baker from the FrameNet Project at International Computer Science Institute and applications developers using FrameNet at Google, Decisive Analytics Corporation, and Northside, Inc. (developers of the game Bot Colony). For more information and registration forms, visit


06/09/14 FrameNet Brasil: World Cup Dictionary now available online

The FrameNet: Brasil World Cup Dictionary is now available online at www.framenetbrazildictionary.com. For more information about FrameNet: Brasil please visit http://www.framenetbr.ufjf.br

05/02/14 Memorial for Charles J. Fillmore

A memorial ceremony for Charles J. Fillmore will be held May 25th, 12 p.m., at the Alumni House.

For more information please visit the Berkeley Events Calendar.

02/22/14 Charles J. Fillmore 1929-2014

We record with great sadness the death of the founder of FrameNet, Charles J. Fillmore. He is widely recognized as one of the great linguists, and also touched the lives of everyone who knew him. The FrameNet project derives directly from his discovery of Frame Semantics, and he was a constant source of inspiration to the many people who had the privilege of working with him at ICSI and to the visitors who came from around the world to meet him. While nothing can replace his presence in our midst, we are resolved to continue to expand and improve FrameNet as the best way we can honor the memory of our respected mentor and dear friend, Chuck.

The UC Berkeley Linguistics Department website has more information and tributes from colleagues:

05/23/13 New Annotation Added - Tiger of San Pedro

FrameNet has added The Tiger of San Pedro by Sherlock Holmes to its collection of fully annotated texts. View the text by going to the full text index, clicking on 'Miscellaneous' and choosing #9. Caroline Sporleder, Roser Morante, Russell Lee-Goldman and Josef Ruppenhofer annotated the text as part of the 2010 Semeval shared Task 10. The GF and PT layers are not entirely reliable as they were not part of the original data and were created using best-guess algorithms.

05/07/13 FrameNet Project Manager Collin Baker Visits Google April 10, 2013

Accepting an invitation from company headquarters, FrameNet's project manager Collin Baker gave a talk to the Knowledge Group at Google. Collin met with several smaller groups over the course of his day-long visit to the internet search giant, and reported a lot of interest in FrameNet at Google.

05/07/13 International FrameNet Workshop Held in Berkeley April 19, 2013

Collaborating with colleagues from Swedish FrameNet and the Swedish Constructicon project, FrameNet hosted an international workshop that included participants from across the country and around the world. Representatives from FrameNet Brasil, Japansese FrameNet, and computational linguists from Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Google gathered to learn about current work deriving from FrameNet, and discuss common challenges in developing FrameNets and Constructicons in languages other than English. Among the issues that researchers addressed were automatic modification and expansion of FrameNet, domain-specific expansion of FrameNet; and language specific constructicons.

Current Visitors

Gerard de Melo
Gerard is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a sponsor of ICSI's visitor program. He studied computer science with a minor in philosophy at Goethe University in Germany, also spending a year at the University of Montreal. He then joined the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and received his doctoral degree from Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany. His thesis work focused on ways of automatically creating large collections of knowledge about words in different languages. His database included descriptions of words in many languages and the relationships between them. One application of such work is to query expansion, a method of improving searches by including synonyms and related words (such as "automobile" for "car"). At FrameNet, among other things, he is working on algorithms for multilingual natural language processing, information extraction and entity disambiguation.

Alexander Ziem
Alexander, who arrived in April, 2013, is also a postdoctoral fellow funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He studied at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn, as well as the University of Melbourne. Alexander received his doctorate from the University of Düsseldorf in 2007 for a thesis that used frames of understanding to study the emergence and variation of word meaning and metaphor in texts. He holds a position at the University of Düsseldorf, where since 2011 he has been the director of the graduate program "The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science". At FrameNet, Alexander will study associative anaphora, with the goal of fully annotating a German text also making use of the principles and practices of the FrameNet Constructicon.

The material contained in this website is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. 0535297 and 0855271, and earlier grants to the FrameNet project. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Copyright 2000-2012, International Computer Science Institute.