Paper: Getting At Discourse Referents

ACL ID P89-1007
Title Getting At Discourse Referents
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989

I examine how discourse anaphoric uses of the definite pronoun it contrast with similar uses of the demonstrative pronoun thai. Their distinct contexts of use are characterized in terms of two contextual features--perslstence of grammati- cal subject and persistence of gr,~mmatical form--which together demonstrate very clearly the interrelation among lexical choice, grammati- cal choices and the dimension of time in signalling the dynamic attentional state of a discourse.