Pamela Faber

Pamela Faber
Born 1950
United States
Residence Granada, Spain
Fields Terminology, Specialized Translation, Cognitive Semantics, and Lexicography
Institutions University of Granada
Alma mater University of Granada

Pamela Faber Benítez (born 1950) is an American/Spanish linguist.[1][2] She holds the Chair of Translation and Interpreting at the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Granada since 2001. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Granada in 1986 and also holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Paris-Sorbonne University.[1][3]


Pamela Faber is best known for her works on the Functional Lexematic Model and her cognitive theory of Terminology called Frame-Based Terminology.

Functional Lexematic Model

The Functional Lexematic Model was elaborated by Leocadio Martín Mingorance and further developed by his collaborators Pamela Faber and Ricardo Mairal.[4] It integrates Coşeriu's Theory of Lexematics and Dik's Functional Grammar.

The two main objectives sought within this lexicological model are:

  1. the specification of the semantic architecture of the lexicon of a language, and
  2. the representation of knowledge based on the linguistic encoding found in dictionary entries.

These objectives are mutually dependent in the sense that the former serves as the input for the latter.[5]

Frame-Based Terminology

Frame-Based Terminology is a recent cognitive approach to Terminology developed by Pamela Faber and colleagues at the University of Granada. It was conceived within the context of the Functional Lexematic Model and Cognitive Linguistics.

Frame-Based Terminology focuses on:

  1. conceptual organization;
  2. the multidimensional nature of terminological units; and
  3. the extraction of semantic and syntactic information through the use of multilingual corpora.[6][7]

Within this context, Faber's current major project is called EcoLexicon, a terminological knowledge base on the Environment.

Seminal Publications


  1. 1 2 LexiCon Research Group. 2010. Pamela Faber's profile.
  2. SlashDAT. 2009. Conference : English as a Lingua Franca in Technical Communication.
  3. Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnología. 2007. Curriculum vitae de Pamela Faber Benítez.
  4. Butler, C. S. 2009. The Lexical Constructional Model: Genesis, strengths and challenges. In Deconstructing Constructions. Butler, Christopher S. & Javier Martín Arista (eds.), 117–152. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  5. Faber, Pamela, and Ricardo Mairal Usón. 1998. The paradigmatic and syntagmatic structure of the lexical field of FEELING. Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica XXIII-XXIV: 35-60.
  6. Faber, Pamela. 2009. The cognitive shift in terminology and specialized translation. MonTI, no. 1: 107-134.
  7. LexiCon Research Group. 2010. Frame-Based Terminology.
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