Paper: PDTB-style Discourse Annotation of Chinese Text

ACL ID P12-1008
Title PDTB-style Discourse Annotation of Chinese Text
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2012

We describe a discourse annotation scheme for Chinese and report on the preliminary re- sults. Our scheme, inspired by the Penn Dis- course TreeBank (PDTB), adopts the lexically grounded approach; at the same time, it makes adaptations based on the linguistic and statisti- cal characteristics of Chinese text. Annotation results show that these adaptations work well in practice. Our scheme, taken together with other PDTB-style schemes (e.g. for English, Turkish, Hindi, and Czech), affords a broader perspective on how the generalized lexically grounded approach can flesh itself out in the context of cross-linguistic annotation of dis- course relations.