Paper: A Computational Treatment Of Sentence-Final 'then'

ACL ID E93-1020
Title A Computational Treatment Of Sentence-Final 'then'
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

We describe a computational system which parses discourses consisting of sequences of simple sentences. These contain a range of temporal constructions, including time adverbials, progressive aspect and various aspectual classes. In particular, the gram- mar generates the required readings, accor- ding to the theoretical analysis of (Glasbey, forthcoming), for sentence-final 'then'. 1 Sentence-final 'then' It is possible to follow: (la) Emily climbed Ben Nevis in July. with (lb) Fiona climbed Snowdon then. This is interpreted to mean that each climb took place at some time within the July in question. No- tice, however, that if we remove 'in July' from (la) to give: (lc) Emily climbed Ben Nevis. the sequence (lc,lb) becomes harder to interpret and sounds rather odd. 1 The difference is, of...