Paper: Tenses As Anaphora

ACL ID E89-1006
Title Tenses As Anaphora
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989

A proposal to deal with French tenses in the frame- work of Discourse Representation Theory is pre- sented, as it has been implemented for a fragment at the IMS. It is based on the theory of tenses of H. Kamp and Ch. Rohrer. Instead of using operators to express the meaning of the tenses the Reichenbachian point of view is adopted and refined such that the impact of the tenses with respect to the meaning of the text is understood as contribution to the integration of the events of a sentence in the event structure of the preceeding text. Thereby a system of relevant times provided by the preceeding text and by the temporal adverbials of the sentence being processed is used. This system consists of one or more ref- erence times and ~emporal perspective ~imes, the speech time and the locatio...