What is Frame Semantics?
This online resource for vocabulary learning is based on the principles of Frame Semantics, a theory concerned with describing, analyzing, and modeling the meanings of words. Frame Semantics was developed by Professor Charles Fillmore at the University of California, Berkeley, and forms the basis for a research project called FrameNet, which is building a lexical database of English that is both human- and machine-readable, based on annotating examples of how words are used in actual texts. From the student's point of view, it is a dictionary of more than 10,000 word senses, most of them with annotated examples that show the meaning and usage. Researchers have taken the results from the Berkeley FrameNet for English and applied them to other languages, resulting in FrameNets for Spanish, Swedish, German, Portuguese, Japanese, and other languages.
The goal and design of G-FOL
As you might have discerned, FrameNet is a technically sophisticated tool designed by linguists for linguists. However, we wanted to make a tool that would meet the needs of language learners. Thus, the main goal of the G-FOL project was to create a user-friendly interface for students based on a tool originally designed for linguistic researchers. So, please take a look at G-FOL and let us know if we achieved our goal. Does G-FOL help you learn German words? How does it differ from traditional print dictionaries? Would you use it to study German? And how could teachers use G-FOL in language classes? Help us make this a better tool for you.
The G-FOL team