Paper: Because We Say So

ACL ID W14-0701
Title Because We Say So
Venue Workshop on Computational Approaches to Causality in Language
Session
Year 2014
Authors

In this paper, we show that contingency connectives, which mark causal and con- ditional relations (PDTB Group, 2008), re- strict the possible interpretations of reports in their scope in a way that many other connectives, such as contrastive connec- tives, do not. We argue that this result has immediate implications for the seman- tics of causal relations and for the anno- tation of implicit connectives. In particu- lar, it shows that the assumption, implicit in some work on NLP, that the semantics of explicit connectives can be translated to implicit connectives is not anodyne.