Frederico Belcavello


Charon: A FrameNet Annotation Tool for Multimodal Corpora
Frederico Belcavello | Marcelo Viridiano | Ely Matos | Tiago Timponi Torrent
Proceedings of the 16th Linguistic Annotation Workshop (LAW-XVI) within LREC2022

This paper presents Charon, a web tool for annotating multimodal corpora with FrameNet categories. Annotation can be made for corpora containing both static images and video sequences paired – or not – with text sequences. The pipeline features, besides the annotation interface, corpus import and pre-processing tools.

Lutma: A Frame-Making Tool for Collaborative FrameNet Development
Tiago Timponi Torrent | Arthur Lorenzi | Ely Edison Matos | Frederico Belcavello | Marcelo Viridiano | Maucha Andrade Gamonal
Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Perspectivist Approaches to NLP @LREC2022

This paper presents Lutma, a collaborative, semi-constrained, tutorial-based tool for contributing frames and lexical units to the Global FrameNet initiative. The tool parameterizes the process of frame creation, avoiding consistency violations and promoting the integration of frames contributed by the community with existing frames. Lutma is structured in a wizard-like fashion so as to provide users with text and video tutorials relevant for each step in the frame creation process. We argue that this tool will allow for a sensible expansion of FrameNet coverage in terms of both languages and cultural perspectives encoded by them, positioning frames as a viable alternative for representing perspective in language models.

The Case for Perspective in Multimodal Datasets
Marcelo Viridiano | Tiago Timponi Torrent | Oliver Czulo | Arthur Lorenzi | Ely Matos | Frederico Belcavello
Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Perspectivist Approaches to NLP @LREC2022

This paper argues in favor of the adoption of annotation practices for multimodal datasets that recognize and represent the inherently perspectivized nature of multimodal communication. To support our claim, we present a set of annotation experiments in which FrameNet annotation is applied to the Multi30k and the Flickr 30k Entities datasets. We assess the cosine similarity between the semantic representations derived from the annotation of both pictures and captions for frames. Our findings indicate that: (i) frame semantic similarity between captions of the same picture produced in different languages is sensitive to whether the caption is a translation of another caption or not, and (ii) picture annotation for semantic frames is sensitive to whether the image is annotated in presence of a caption or not.


Frame-Based Annotation of Multimodal Corpora: Tracking (A)Synchronies in Meaning Construction
Frederico Belcavello | Marcelo Viridiano | Alexandre Diniz da Costa | Ely Edison da Silva Matos | Tiago Timponi Torrent
Proceedings of the International FrameNet Workshop 2020: Towards a Global, Multilingual FrameNet

Multimodal aspects of human communication are key in several applications of Natural Language Processing, such as Machine Translation and Natural Language Generation. Despite recent advances in integrating multimodality into Computational Linguistics, the merge between NLP and Computer Vision techniques is still timid, especially when it comes to providing fine-grained accounts for meaning construction. This paper reports on research aiming to determine appropriate methodology and develop a computational tool to annotate multimodal corpora according to a principled structured semantic representation of events, relations and entities: FrameNet. Taking a Brazilian television travel show as corpus, a pilot study was conducted to annotate the frames that are evoked by the audio and the ones that are evoked by visual elements. We also implemented a Multimodal Annotation tool which allows annotators to choose frames and locate frame elements both in the text and in the images, while keeping track of the time span in which those elements are active in each modality. Results suggest that adding a multimodal domain to the linguistic layer of annotation and analysis contributes both to enrich the kind of information that can be tagged in a corpus, and to enhance FrameNet as a model of linguistic cognition.