Paper: Multiple Discourse Relations On The Sentential Level In Japanese

ACL ID C96-2133
Title Multiple Discourse Relations On The Sentential Level In Japanese
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
Authors

In the spoken language machine trans- lation project Verbmobil, the seman- tic formalism Language for Underspec- ified Discourse representation structures (LUD) is used. LUD describes a num- ber of DRSs and allows for underspec- ification of scopal ambiguities. Dealing with Japanese-to-English translation be- sides German-to-English poses challeng- ing problems. In this paper, a treatment of multiple discourse relation construc- tions on the sentential level is discussed. These are common in Japanese but cause a problem for the formalism. It is shown that the underspecification is to be rep- resented for them, too. Additionally, it is possible to state a semantic constraint on the resolution of multiple discourse relations which seems to prevail over the syntactic c-command constraint.