Paper: Discontinuities In Narratives

ACL ID C88-2099
Title Discontinuities In Narratives
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

This paper is concenled with heuristics for seg- menting narratives into units that form the basic ele- ments of discourse representations and that constrain the application of focusing algorithms. The following classes of di~ontinuities are identified: figure-ground, space, time, perspective, and topic. It is suggested that rhetorical relations between narrative units are mac~o labels that stand for frequently occurring clus- ters of discontinuities. Heuristics for identifying discontinuities are presented and illustrated in an extended example. 1. The Segmentation Problem.