Paper: Hierarchy Of Salience And Discourse Analysis And Production

ACL ID C90-3026
Title Hierarchy Of Salience And Discourse Analysis And Production
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990
Authors

The hierarchy of salience of the items of the knowledge assumed by the speaker to be shared by him and by the hearer constitu- tes one aspect of a dynamic account of discourse (Sect. I). It is claimed that a representation of this hierarchy is a good support for discourse analysis (reference assignement, Sect. 2) and for discourse pro- duction (pronominallzatlon, definite des- cription, Sect. 3). 1.1 In studying communication, it must be distinguished between the speaker's own image, the hearer's image and the assumpt- ions the speaker has made about the hearer's image of the world. In the very process of discourse, the image of the world undergo changes of different kinds: new objects, relations, etc. are added to the repertoirs on the basis of the content of what has just been said, the ...