Paper: Expectations In Incremental Discourse Processing

ACL ID P97-1012
Title Expectations In Incremental Discourse Processing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1997

The way in which discourse features ex- press connections back to the previous dis- course has been described in the literature in terms of adjoining at the right frontier of discourse structure. But this does not allow for discourse features that express ez- pectations about what is to come in the subsequent discourse. After characterizing these expectations and their distribution in text, we show how an approach that makes use of substitution as well as adjoining on a suitably defined right frontier, can be used to both process expectations and constrain discouse processing in general.