Paper: Towards Resolution Of Bridging Descriptions

ACL ID P97-1072
Title Towards Resolution Of Bridging Descriptions
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1997

We present preliminary results concern- ing robust techniques for resolving bridging definite descriptions. We report our anal- ysis of a collection of 20 Wall Street Jour- nal articles from the Penn Treebank Cor- pus and our experiments with WordNet to identify relations between bridging descrip- tions and their antecedents. 1 Background As part of our research on definite description (DD) interpretation, we asked 3 subjects to classify the uses of DDs in a corpus using a taxonomy related to the proposals of (Hawkins, 1978) (Prince, 1981) and (Prince, 1992). Of the 1040 DDs in our corpus, 312 (30%) were identified as anaphoric (same head), 492 (47%) as larger situation/unfamiliar (Prince's discourse new), and 204 (20%) as bridging refer- ences, defined as uses of DDs whose antecedents-- c...