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

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.

07/11/12 Charles Fillmore Receives ACL's Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Charles Fillmore, director of the FrameNet Project, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Computational Linguistics at its annual meeting yesterday in Jeju, South Korea. The award is given each year for widely recognized, sustained, and enduring contributions to the field of computational linguistics.

Fillmore is a major contributor to contemporary linguistics. The FrameNet Project is based on his theory of frame semantics, which he developed in the 1970s. Fillmore also developed case grammar theory, and his work in collaboration with Paul Kay and George Lakoff in the 1980s and 1990s was generalized into the theory of construction grammar. In addition to serving as the FrameNet director, he is an advisor for ICSI's new MetaNet Project.

Watch Fillmore's acceptance speech on the ICSI news page.

07/09/12 FrameNet Members Teach Course in Brazil

FrameNet members Miriam R. L. Petruck and Michael Ellsworth have just finished teaching a 45-hour course at the International School on Frame Semantics and Technological Applications co-hosted by the Graduate Program in Linguistics of the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora and FrameNet Brasil. A total of 140 students participated, either in person or virtually, in the course which focused primarily on FrameNet methodology and annotation practice.

07/09/12 FrameNet Represented at LREC

FrameNet was well represented at this year's LREC, with two conference papers and two workshop papers authored or co-authored by FrameNet members. Affiliates and others presented seven other papers that deal directly with FrameNet, including frame semantic research on Japanese, Italian, and Swedish. FrameNet also played a prominent role in a workshop on collaborative annotation and a meeting on linking lexical resources, both collocated with LREC.

Read FrameNet's LREC papers below:

Empirical Comparisons of MASC Word Sense Annotations. G. de Melo, C. F. Baker, N. Ide, R. J. Passonneau, and C. Fellbaum. Proceedings of the 8th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012), Istanbul, Turkey.

The MASC Word Sense Corpus. R. Passonneau, C. Baker, C. Fellbaum, and N. Ide. Proceedings of the 8th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012), Istanbul, Turkey.

Precedes: A Semantic Relation in FrameNet. M. R. L. Petruck and G. de Melo. Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Resources for Public Security Applications at the 8th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012), Istanbul, Turkey.

The MASC/MultiMASC Community Collaboration Project: Why You Should Be Involved and How. N. Ide, C. Baker, C. Fellbaum, and R. Passonneau. Proceedings of the Workshop on Collaborative Resource Development and Delivery at the 8th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012), Istanbul, Turkey.

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.