Paper: Planning Coherent Multisentential Text

ACL ID P88-1020
Title Planning Coherent Multisentential Text
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
  • Eduard Hovy (University of Southern California, Marina del Rey CA)

Though most text generators are capable of sim- ply stringing together more than one sentence, they cannot determine which order will ensure a coherent paragraph. A paragraph is coherent when the information in successive sentences fol- lows some pattern of inference or of knowledge with which the hearer is familiar. To signal such inferences, speakers usually use relations that llnk successive sentences in fixed ways. A set of 20 relations that span most of what people usually say in English is proposed in the Rhetorical Struc- ture Theory of Mann and Thompson. This paper describes the formalization of these relations and their use in a prototype text planner that struc- tures input elements into coherent paragraphs. 1 The Problem of Coherence The example texts in this paper are generated...