Relations between frames and constructions: A proposal from the Japanese FrameNet constructicon

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This chapter discusses relations between frames and constructions, based on the constructicon-building project within the Japanese FrameNet (JFN) project. The aims are: to clarify distinctions between a framenet lexicon and a constructicon; and to contribute to the on-going discussion on whether all constructions are "meaning-bearing." I will argue that a framenet analysis involves annotating frame-based syntactic/semantic structures of words (simple words and multiwords), while a constructicon annotation pertains to describing the internal and external syntax/semantics of linguistic objects that have complex structures. While maintaining that all constructions are meaning-bearing, I will point out that meaning structures of some constructions may not involve frames and propose a frame-based classification of constructions. Finally, I will suggest that a constructicon annotation needs both semantic frames and interactional frames.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructicography
Subtitle of host publicationConstructicon Development across Languages
EditorsBenjamin Lyngfelt, Lars Borin, Kyoko Ohara, Tiago Timponi Torrent
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789027201003
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameConstructional Approaches to Language
ISSN (Print)1573-594X


  • Annotation
  • Constructicon
  • Construction grammar
  • Frame semantics
  • FrameNet
  • Interactional frame
  • Japanese
  • Semantic frame
  • Syntax-lexicon continuum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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