Second video lecture online

The second lecture of the FCG tutorial is now online! The lecture is split in two videos and explains how constructions are operationalized in FCG, how they can be processed, and how complex lexical constructions can be written. You can find the lecture at this page.

First lecture online

The first lecture in our new video tutorial series is now officially live. You can check the video and its course materials at this page. The first lecture immediately goes into some technical details about the most basic representation and processing techniques of FCG. The reward awaits in lecture two, where you will learn how these techniques can be used for representing and processing constructions.

Video Tutorial Series

Great news for everyone who is interested in using Fluid Construction Grammar for building NLP applications or conducting computational linguistics research! Starting today, a series of video lectures will be made available on this website that will guide you from the very basics of FCG to full-blown grammar development. Check out the new tutorial webpage for more information.

Tutorial on Computational Construction Grammar for Collaborative Open-Source Grammar Development

Remi van Trijp and Katrien Beuls will give a tutorial on computational construction grammar at the LREC 2014 conference on 31 May 2014. The motivation of the tutorial is to create a community of experts that collaborate on open source grammars in different languages. Such an endeavor may have interesting practical purposes — especially in domains that require rich semantics — but is also interesting from a scientific point of view, namely how to operationalize cognitive-functional linguistics.

As follow-up of the tutorial, online training materials and video lectures will be made available. If you are interested in receiving an update on when those lectures are accessible, please mail us at

Reviews for Design Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar

The journal Computational Linguistics just accepted a review by Nathan Schneider (Carnegie Mellon University) and Reut Tsarfaty (Uppsala University) of the book “Design Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar”. You can access the full text here.

Schneider and Tsarfaty write that the book succeeds in “demonstrating the feasibility of implementing the constructional approach in a full-fledged computational framework.” The reviewers also “suggest that the CxG perspective presents a formidable challenge to the CL/NLP community”, and that they “hope this book will be provocative even outside of the grammar engineering community.”

New book on FCG published!

The book Design Patterns in Fluid Construction Grammar (edited by Luc Steels) is now available at John Benjamins! This book is the first extensive publication on FCG. In addition to general introductions, it gives a number of concrete examples through a series of linguistically challenging case studies, including phrase structure, case grammar, and modality. The book is suited both for linguists who want to know what Fluid Construction Grammar looks like and for computational linguists who may want to use this computational framework for their own experiments or applications.

Together with the book, a new open-source release of Fluid Construction Grammar has been published on this website. This new release contains sample code and demonstrations that illustrate the papers in the book.


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