Computational and Conversational Discourse: Burning Issues — An Interdisciplinary Account

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Eduard H. Hovy, Donia R. Scott
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 17, 1996 - Technology & Engineering - 202 pages
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People engage in discourse every day - from writing letters and presenting papers to simple discussions. Yet discourse is a complex and fascinating phenomenon that is not well understood. This volume stems from a multidisciplinary workshop in which eminent scholars in linguistics, sociology and computational linguistics presented various aspects of discourse. The topics treated range from multi-party conversational interactions to deconstructing text from various perspectives, considering topic-focus development and discourse structure, and an empirical study of discourse segmentation. The chapters not only describe each author's favorite burning issue in discourse but also provide a fascinating view of the research methodology and style of argumentation in each field.
 

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Contents

Issues of Relevance for Discourse Analysis Contingency in Action Interaction and CoParticipant Context
3
Types of Structure Deconstructing Notions of Constituency in Clause and Text
39
Interaction and Syntax in the Structure of Conversational Discourse Collaboration Overlap and Syntactic Dissociation
67
The Information Structure of the Sentence and the Coherence of Discourse
97
Discourse Coherence and Segmentation
111
On the Relation Between the Informational and Intentional Perspectives on Discourse
139
Empirical Analysis of Three Dimensions of Spoken Discourse Segmentation Coherence and Linguistic Devices
161
Authors Biographies
195
Index
201
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