Paper: On Representing The Temporal Structure Of A Natural Language Text

ACL ID C92-1046
Title On Representing The Temporal Structure Of A Natural Language Text
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992
Authors
  • Kurt Eberle (University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Germany)

A proposal to deal with tenses in the framework of Discourse Representation Theory is presented, ms it has been implemented for a fragment at the IMS for the project LILOG. It is based on the theory of tenses of H. Kamp and Ch. Rohrer. The system uses tile tense and aspect information, the information about the temporal discourse structure of tile preceding text stored in a specific list of possible reference times, and background knowledge. These types of information interact in order to choose a suited temporal anchor for the event of a new sentence. With respect to extended texts, choosing the right reference time for a new event is a problem which has been largely neglected in the literature.