LP-1994-18: Discourse Multiple Dependencies

LP-1994-18: Gardent, Claire (1994) Discourse Multiple Dependencies. [Report]

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It is sometimes claimed (cf. [Mann/Thompson 1988, Scha/Polanyi 1988,
Webber 1991, Gardent 1991, Pr¨ust 1992]) that discourse has a
tree structure which reflects the semantic structure of discourse. In
this paper, I argue that this claim is problematic in cases of discourse
multiple dependencies i.e. cases where one discourse segment is
semantically related to two discourse segments. I develop a discourse
framework which is based on [Scha/Polanyi 1988] but integrates ideas
from Feature­based Tree Adjoining Grammars (FTAGs). I then show
that this new framework adequately captures multiple dependencies
whilst retaining the precise linguistic predictions made by the
discourse grammar. In particular, I show how it permits a simple
modelling of discourse semantics, discourse coherence and discourse
based constraints on anaphora resolution.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: LP-1994-18
Series Name: Logic, Philosophy and Linguistics (LP)
Year: 1994
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:39
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/1220

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