Paper: Discourse Structure and Computation: Past, Present and Future

ACL ID W12-3205
Title Discourse Structure and Computation: Past, Present and Future
Venue ACL-2012 Special Workshop on Rediscovering 50 Years of Discoveries
Session
Year 2012
Authors

The discourse properties of text have long been recognized as critical to language tech- nology, and over the past 40 years, our un- derstanding of and ability to exploit the dis- course properties of text has grown in many ways. This essay briefly recounts these de- velopments, the technology they employ, the applications they support, and the new chal- lenges that each subsequent development has raised. We conclude with the challenges faced by our current understanding of discourse, and the applications that meeting these challenges will promote. 1 Why bother with discourse? Research in Natural Language Processing (NLP) has long benefitted from the fact that text can often be treated as simply a bag of words or a bag of sen- tences. But not always: Position often matters ? e.g., It is we...