CRC 991

B05: A frame analysis of German legal terms

Funding period: 01.07.2011 - 30.06.2015

The project aims at the application of frames to the semantic description of German legal terms, taken as a special case of highly complex institutional terms and concepts. It will be tested if frame-semantic methods are suitable to describe and analyze semantic and conceptual relations in the semantics of law more precisely than traditional methods. The high semantic complexity of law terms as well as the central role of action and event terms requires a specific design of the frame-semantic approach. The descriptions of representative German law concepts will include controversial definitions as well as diachronic change of meaning.

Head of the project

Dietrich Busse
Institut für Germanistik
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 81-129 44
Email: d.busseuni-duesseldorfde 


Detmer Wulf
Phone: +49 211 81-118 04
Email: wulfphil.uni-duesseldorfde 


Michaela Felden
Phone: +49 211 81-118 04
Email: michaela.graeweruni-duesseldorfde