M. Carlos Subirats visiting the OLST

The OLST is again thrilled to welcome Mr. Carlos Subirats, Professor at the Universitat Autònoma
de Barcelona
and invited senior researcher at the Simon-Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada).

As a specialist of the Frame Semantics lexical framework, and especially of the development
of the Spanish version of FrameNet, Prof. Subirats will give two talks during his stay:

—————— Wednesday June 5 2013 – 11h30 am ——————–

An OLST-RALI seminar:
“Frame semantics, discourse, and metaphors”

Wednesday June 5 2013 – 11h30 am,
Room C-9019, Lionel-Groulx Building

In this talk, I will demonstrate how Frame Semantics can be applied to studying the
rhetorical structure of discourse (Subirats, Ellsworth, and Taboada, in preparation).
In particular, I will show how a “rhetorical relation” between sentences, such as
reason or evidence, can be described as a coreference relation between the sentence
that instantiates the rhetorical relation and an indefinite null instantiation (INI)
of a non-core frame element evoked by a lexical unit (LU) in the earlier sentence.
In other words, a rhetorical relationship can be specified by identifying the anaphoric
relationship between a sentence and an INI evoked by an LU in another sentence.
This talk will also cover the relationship between semantic frames and metaphor.
Analyzing a conceptual metaphor as a mapping between two frames, instead of a mapping
between two “domains”, allows us to explain more precisely how the new metaphorical
meaning emerges. I will show how defining implicational relationships between the
frames in a given source domain allows us to predict whether those frames can participate
in particular metaphorical mapping relations (Subirats and Ellsworth, in preparation;
Subirats, in press).

References : Subirats, Carlos. (In press). Frames, constructions, and metaphors in Spanish
FrameNet. In I. Verdaguer, N. J. Laso, and D. Salazar, eds. Biomedical English:
A corpus-based approach. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

——————- Thursday June 6 2013 – 10 am ——————–

Tutorial on the methodology for discovering and describing semantic frames

Thursday June 6 2013 – 10 am
Room C-9019, Lionel-Groulx Building

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