Paper: The Effect Of Establishing Coherence In Ellipsis And Anaphora Resolution

ACL ID P93-1009
Title The Effect Of Establishing Coherence In Ellipsis And Anaphora Resolution
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993
Authors

This paper presents a new model of anaphoric pro- cessing that utilizes the establishment of coherence relations between clauses in a discourse. We sur- vey data that comprises a currently stalemated ar- gument over whether VP-ellipsis is an inherently syntactic or inherently semantic phenomenon, and show that the data can be handled within a uni- form discourse processing architecture. This archi- tecture, which revises the dichotomy between ellip- sis vs. Model Interpretive Anaphora given by Sag and Hankamer (1984), is also able to accommodate divergent theories and data for pronominal refer- ence resolution. The resulting architecture serves as a baseline system for modeling the role of cohe- sive devices in natural language.