Paper: Functional Centering

ACL ID P96-1036
Title Functional Centering
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996

Based on empirical evidence from a free word order language (German) we propose a fundamental revision of the principles guid- ing the ordering of discourse entities in the forward-looking centers within the center- ing model. We claim that grammatical role criteria should be replaced by indicators of the functional information structure of the utterances, i.e., the distinction between context-bound and unbound discourse ele- ments. This claim is backed up by an empir- ical evaluation of functional centering.