Paper: Topic-Comment Structure Of Texts (And Its Contribution To The Automatic Processing Of Texts)

ACL ID C80-1035
Title Topic-Comment Structure Of Texts (And Its Contribution To The Automatic Processing Of Texts)
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980
Authors
  • Ferenc Kiefer (KVAL Research Institute for Information Science, Stockholm Sweden)

In general, topic is informally defined as that part of the sentence which the sentence is about and comment as what is said in the sentence. This is, of course, not a formal definition but so far noone has succeeded to provide a viable formal definition for these notions. In the analysis of sentences and texts these notions can nevertheless be used with considerable Success. Typically, topics are noun phrases and com- ments are open sentences (that is, sentences containing a variable). For example, the sentence John is writing a letter is about John and it says that he is writing a letter. Formal- ly, (i) Johnx: (x is writing a letter) where John is a variable binding expression and is writing a letter is an open sentence in which the variable x is bound by John. A sentence may have more ...