Paper: Zero Pronouns And Conditionals In Japanese Instruction Manuals

ACL ID C96-2132
Title Zero Pronouns And Conditionals In Japanese Instruction Manuals
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
Authors

This paper proposes a method of the zero pronoun resohition, which is one of the essential processes in understand- ing systems for Japanese manual sen- tences. It is based on pragmatic proper- ties of Japanese conditionals. We exam- ined a uumber of sentences appearing in Japanese manuals according to the clas- sillcation based on the types of agent and the types of verb phrase. As ~ result, we obtained the following pattern of usage in matrix clauses: 1) The connective par- ticles TO and REBA have tt, e same distri- bution of usage. TARA and NARA have the same distribution of usage. 2) '['he distribution of usage of TO and REBA, and that of TARA and NARA are com- plementary to each other. We show that these distributions of usage can be used for resolution of zero subjects.