Paper: Resolving Zero Anaphora In Japanese

ACL ID E93-1037
Title Resolving Zero Anaphora In Japanese
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

The paper presents a computational theory for resolving Japanese zero anaphora, based on the notion of discourse segment. We see that the discourse segment reduces the do- main of antecedents for zero anaphora and thus leads to their efficient resolution. Also we make crucial use of functional no- tions such as empathy hierarchy and mini- mal semantics thesis to resolve reference for zero anaphora [Kuno, 1987]. Our al)proach differs from the Centering analysis [Walker et al. , 1990] in that the resolution works by matching one empathy hierarchy against another, which makes it possible to deal with discourses with no explicit topic and those with cataphora [Halliday and Hassan, 1990]. The theory is formalized through the definite clause grammar(DCG) formalism [Pereira and Warren, 1980],[Gaz...