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framenet-2The Copa 2014 FrameNet Brasil project (Salomão et al. 2011, 2013) developed a frame-based trilingual (Portuguese – Spanish – English) electronic dictionary covering the domains of soccer, tourism and the World Cup. Focused on human users, the final product was used by tourists, tourism professionals, journalists and the staff involved in the organization of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The project uses the basic infrastructure, analytical categories and methodology developed for FrameNet (Fillmore et al. 2003; Baker et al. 2003; Ruppenhofer et al. 2010), which can be defined as an application of Frame Semantics to practical lexicography aimed at:

1. creating computational representation of frames – “any system of concepts related in such a way that to understand one of them you have to understand the whole structure in which it fits” (Fillmore 1982) – which are defined in terms of their participants and props (the frame elements – FEs), and connected to other frames in the network via frame-to-frame relations;

2. defining the lexical units (LUs) – a paring of one lemma to one sense – that evoke the frames; 

3. annotating sentences which exemplify the syntactic and semantic valence patterns – syntactic and semantic affordances – in which the lexical unit can occur.

Copa 2014 was implemented as a web app, which can be accessed here. The database comprises interconnected framenet-style data – that is, frames, lexical units, frame-to-frame relations, annotated sentences etc. (see Baker 2003 et al. for a comprehensive view of FrameNet’s database structure) – produced for each of the target languages of the dictionary. The query system is a web service comprising a set of possible queries, which are accessible through a web interface. Query results are shown through the same interface. Users may access the information in the dictionary in four different ways: by searching a word, by typing a sentence, by browsing the list of frames grouped by cognitive domains, and by exploring the frame grapher.


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