Paper: Definite Noun Phrases And The Semantics Of Discourse

ACL ID C86-1088
Title Definite Noun Phrases And The Semantics Of Discourse
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
  • Manfred Pinkal (Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, Stuttgart Germany; University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Germany)

There is no motivation for a distinction between a deictic and an anaphoric use (a distinction which anyway becomes problematic for the common background containing all kinds of old information), and, consequently, for a sharp distinction between explicitly introduced discourse referents, and other reference objects. The universe of discourse U K is a more comprehensive set, containing of course all rel:erence objects explicitly introduced, but not as a distinguished subset. Thus, there will be just one general rule for descriptions the o~ : (15) (i) Add a new DR x to CUR. (ii) Replace the & in the constituent under consideration by x. (iii) Add x :: y to K, where y is the most salient referent in lA that satiesfies the description d~. I will not comment on some questions here that are cru...