Paper: Aspect And Discourse Structure: Is A Neutral Viewpoint Required?

ACL ID P95-1052
Title Aspect And Discourse Structure: Is A Neutral Viewpoint Required?
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1995
Authors

We apply Smith's theory of aspect (1991) to German - a language without any as- pectual markers. In particular, we try to shed more light on the effects aspect can have on discourse structure and show how English and German behave dif- ferently in this respect. We furthermore describe how Smith's notion of a neutral viewpoint can be helpful for the anal- ysis of discourse in German. It turned out that proposals claiming that the Ger- man Preterite covers the progressive as well as the simple aspect can not suffi- ciently explain the data presented in this paper (B~iuerle, 1988). Finally we give a sltuatlon-theoretic approach to for- malize Smith's intuitions following Glas- bey (1994) incorporating Allen's interval- calculus (Allen, 1984). 1 Viewpoint and Situation Aspect Smith (1991) pres...