Paper: The Interpretation Of Tense In Discourse

ACL ID P87-1021
Title The Interpretation Of Tense In Discourse
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1987

This paper gives an account of the role tense plays in the listener's reconstruction of the events and situations a speaker has chosen to describe. Several new ideas are presented: (a) that tense is better viewed by analogy with definite NPs than with pronouns; (b) that a narrative has a temporal focus that grounds the context-dependency of tense; and (c) that focus management heuristics can be used to track the movement of temporal focus. 1 1.