Paper: Common Topics And Coherent Situations: Interpreting Ellipsis In The Context Of Discourse Inference

ACL ID P94-1008
Title Common Topics And Coherent Situations: Interpreting Ellipsis In The Context Of Discourse Inference
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1994
Authors

It is claimed that a variety of facts concerning ellip- sis, event reference, and interclausal coherence can be explained by two features of the linguistic form in ques- tion: (1) whether the form leaves behind an empty constituent in the syntax, and (2) whether the form is anaphoric in the semantics. It is proposed that these features interact with one of two types of discourse in- ference, namely Common Topic inference and Coherent Situation inference. The differing ways in which these types of inference utilize syntactic and semantic repre- sentations predicts phenomena for which it is otherwise difficult to account.