Paper: Creating Local Coherence: An Empirical Assessment

ACL ID N10-1043
Title Creating Local Coherence: An Empirical Assessment
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2010

Two of the mechanisms for creating natural transitions between adjacent sentences in a text, resulting in local coherence, involve dis- course relations and switches of focus of at- tention between discourse entities. These two aspects of local coherence have been tradi- tionally discussed and studied separately. But some empirical studies have given strong evi- dence for the necessity of understanding how the two types of coherence-creating devices interact. Here we present a joint corpus study of discourse relations and entity coherence ex- hibited in news texts from the Wall Street Jour- nal and test several hypotheses expressed in earlier work about their interaction.