Paper: Discourse Deixis: Reference To Discourse Segments

ACL ID P88-1014
Title Discourse Deixis: Reference To Discourse Segments
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

Computational approaches to discourse understanding have a two-part goal: (1) to identify those aspects of discourse understanding that require process-based accounts, andS(2) to characterize the processes and data structures they involve. To date, in the area of reference, process-hased ac.omnts have been developed for subsequent reference via anaphoric pronouns and reference via definite descriptors. In this paper, I propose and argue for a process-based account of subsequent reference via deiedc expressions. A significant feature of this account is that it attributes distinct mental reality to units of text often called discourse segments, a reality that is distinct from that of the entities deem therein.