A corpus driven approach applying the 'frame semantic' method for modeling functional status terminology

Alexander P. Ruggieri, Serguei V. Pakhomov, Christopher G. Chute

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In an effort to unearth semantic models that could prove fruitful to functional-status terminology development we applied the 'frame semantic' method, derived from the linguistic theory of thematic roles currently exemplified in the Berkeley 'FrameNet' Project. Full descriptive sentences with functionalstatus conceptual meaning were derived from structured content within a corpus of questionnaire assessment instruments commonly used in clinical practice for functional-status assessment. Syntactic components in those sentences were delineated through manual annotation and mark-up. The annotated syntactic constituents were tagged as frame elements according to their semantic role within the context of the derived functionalstatus expression. Through this process generalizeable 'semantic frames' were elaborated with recurring 'frame elements'. The 'frame semantic' method as an approach to rendering semantic models for functional-status terminology development and its use as a basis for machine recognition of functional status data in clinical narratives are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-438
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in health technology and informatics
StatePublished - 2004

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Funding Information:
This work supported in part by a grant from the National Library of Medicine NLM 5 R01 LM007685-02


  • Functional status
  • linguistics
  • ontology
  • semantic frames
  • semantic models
  • semantic-syntactic interface
  • terminology models


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