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Title:Anaphora and Discourse Structure
Authors: Bonnie Webber ; Matthew Stone ; Aravind Joshi ; Alistair Knott
Date:Dec 2003
Publication Title:Computational Linguistics
Publisher:MIT Press
Publication Type:Journal Article Publication Status:Published
Volume No:29(4) Page Nos:545-587
We argue in this paper that many common adverbial phrases generally taken to signal a discourse relation between syntactically connected units within discourse structure, instead work anaphorically to contribute relational meaning, with only indirect dependence on discourse structure. This allows a simpler discourse structure to provide scaffolding for compositional semantics, and reveals multiple ways in which the relational meaning conveyed by adverbial connectives can interact with that associated with discourse structure. We conclude by sketching out a lexicalised grammar for discourse that facilitates discourse interpretation as a product of compositional rules, anaphor resolution and inference.
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author = { Bonnie Webber and Matthew Stone and Aravind Joshi and Alistair Knott },
title = {Anaphora and Discourse Structure},
journal = {Computational Linguistics},
publisher = {MIT Press},
year = 2003,
month = {Dec},
volume = {29(4)},
pages = {545-587},
doi = {10.1162/089120103322753347},
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