Constraints in Discourse 2

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Peter Kühnlein, Anton Benz, C. L. Sidner
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 180 pages
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Text is highly structured, and structured at a variety of levels. But what are the units of text, which levels are at stake, and what establishes the structure that binds the units together? This volume, just as the predecessor a spin off of one of the workshops on constraints in discourse, contains the most recent, thoroughly reviewed papers by specialists in the area that try to give answers to such questions. It helps deepening the understanding of a multiplicity of mechanisms and constraints that are at work during production and comprehension of well-formed discourse. Researchers from linguistics, both formal and psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive sciences will appreciate this book as a valuable resource for information and inspiration.
 

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Contents

Rhetorical structure
1
Clauseinternal coherence
15
Optimal interpretation for rhetorical relations
35
Modelling discourse relations by topics and implicatures
61
The role of logical and generic document structure in relational discourse analysis
81
Obligatory presupposition in discourse
105
Conventionalized speech act formulae
125
Constraints on metalinguistic anaphora
141
Appositive Relative Clauses and their prosodic realization in spoken discourse
163
Index
165
The series Pragmatics Beyond New Series
166
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