Paper: The Use Of Syntactic Clues In Discourse Processing

ACL ID P85-1039
Title The Use Of Syntactic Clues In Discourse Processing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985

The desirability of a syntactic parsing com- ponent in natural language understanding systems has been the subject of debate for the past several years. This paper describes an approach to auto- marie text processing which is entirely based on syntactic form. A program is described which processes one genre of discourse, that of news- paper reports. The program creates summaries of reports by relying on an expanded concept of text grounding: certain syntactic structures and tense/ aspect oairs indicate the most important events in a news story. Supportive, background material is also highly coded syntactically. Certain types of information are routinely expressed with distinct syntactic forms. Where more than one episode occurs in a single report, a change of episode will also be marked sy...