Paper: Because We Say So

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

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.