Perspective Matters: Event Framing in Language and Society

On December 22, Viviana Patti organized the two-stage four-handed seminar by Chiara Zanchi (University of Pavia) and Gosse Minnema (University of Groningen), in conjunction with the Linguistic Resources for Natural Language Processing course.


Different linguistic expressions can conceptualize the same event from different viewpoints by emphasizing certain participants over others. In this joint presentation, Chiara Zanchi will try to show that different theoretical constructs of cognitive linguistics, including construction grammar (Goldberg 1995) and frame semantics (Fillmore 1985), are useful for analyzing social perspective-taking on news events, in particular relating to societal power imbalances (e.g., between men and women, Italians and refugees, car drivers and pedestrians). Then, based on his own PhD work, Gosse Minnema will show how several recent Natural Language Processing methodologies can be used to perform large-scale frame-based corpus analysis, predict how linguistic choices in news text influence people’s perception of events, and even help to suggest alternative perspectives on an event. 


Gosse Minnema: Gosse Minnema is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In his research, he tries to build bridges between computational, cognitive, and social approaches to language, focusing specifically on the semantics of events and its relation to society.

Chiara Zanchi: Chiara Zanchi is assistant professor in linguistics at the University of Pavia, where she teaches introductory courses in linguistics (BA) and Laboratory of Linguistic Data Analysis (MA in Theoretical, Applied and Modern Languages Linguistics). Her main research interests are in the fields of Indo-European linguistics (with a focus on Ancient Greek), pragmatics and discourse analysis (of ancient and modern languages), cognitive linguistics, and language resource construction.

When: 22/12/2022

  • Part I: Cognitive linguistic background by Chiara Zanchi – in the morning at 10am, in Aula informatica 2 or on WebEx
  • Part II: Hands on it! Natural Language Processing methodologies for event framing by Gosse Minnema – in the afternoon at 2pm, in Aula informatica 1 or on WebEx

Location: Palazzetto Aldo Moro – Via Sant’Ottavio – 12 – Torino

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