Paper: A Syntactic Approach To Discourse Semantics

ACL ID P84-1085
Title A Syntactic Approach To Discourse Semantics
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1984

A correct structural analysis of a discourse is a prerequisite for understanding it. This paper sketches the outline of a discourse grammar which acknowledges several different levels of structure. This gram~nar, the "Dynamic Discourse Model", uses an Augmented Transition Network parsing mechanism to build a representation of the semantics of a discourse in a stepwise fashion, from left to right, on the basis of the semantic representations of the individual clauses which constitute the discourse. The intermediate states of the parser model the in- termediate states of the social situation which ge- nerates the discourse. The paper attempts to demonstrate that a dis- course may indeed be viewed as constructed by means of sequencing and recursive nesting of discourse constituents. It gives ...