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Anaphora and Discourse Structure

Authors
  • Webber, Bonnie
  • Stone, Matthew
  • Joshi, Aravind
  • Knott, Alistair
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Sep 13, 2002
Submission Date
Sep 09, 2001
Identifiers
arXiv ID: cs/0109010
Source
arXiv
License
Unknown
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Abstract

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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