Centering Theory in Discourse

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

EditorMarilyn Walker, Aravind K. Joshi, Ellen F. Prince

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Many areas of language-related research -- language processing, linguistic semantics/pragmatics, speech understanding and synthesis, and psychological theories of attention -- have shown an increasing need to describe and understand aspects of discourse anaphora in relation to both processingcomplexity and the global structure of discourse. A major problem in this area is the large gap between existing theories and accounts of actual phenomena in naturally occurring discourse. Centering Theory is an account of one aspect of discourse, local discourse structure, that makes specific claims about both processing complexity and discourse anaphora. Centering Theory in Discourse focuses on Centering Theory's ability to account for data from naturally occurring discourse inseveral languages. The contributors test empirically several claims of Centering Theory, propose extensions to and refinements of Centering, and show how it can be integrated with other aspects of discourse structure and processing.

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Many areas of language-related research -- language processing, linguistic semantics/pragmatics, speech understanding and synthesis, and psychological theories of attention -- have shown an increasing need to describe and understand aspects of discourse anaphora in relation to both processingcomplexity and the global structure of disco...

Marilyn Walker is a Principal Research Scientist at ATT Labs Research, Florham Park, New Jersey. Aravind K. Joshi is a Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, Co-Director of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Ellen F. Prince is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsyl...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:462 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Marilyn Walker, Aravind Joshi, and Ellen Prince: IntroductionPART I. GOALS OF CENTERING2. Aravind Joshi and Scott Weinstein: Formal Systems for Complexity and Control of Inference: A Reprise and Some Hints3. Barbara Grosz and Candy Sidner: Lost Intuitions and Forgotten IntentionsPART II. UTTERANCE-LEVEL ISSUES IN CENTERING4. Sharon Cote: Ranking Forward-Looking Centers5. Susan Hudson-D'Zmura: Control and Event Structure: The View from the Center6. Megumi Kameyama: Intrasentential Centering: A Case StudyPART III. CENTERING AS A CROSS-LINGUISTIC UNIVERSAL7. Barbara Di Eugenio: Centering in Italian8. Umit Deniz Turan: Ranking Forward-Looking Centers in Turkish: Universal and Language-Specific Properties9. Masayo Iida: Discourse Coherence and Shifting Centers in Japanese TextsPART IV. THE ROLE OF CENTERING IN PROCESSING MODELS OF DISCOURSE10. Jeanette Gundel: Centering Theory and the Givenness Hierarchy: Towards a Synthesis11. Susan Hudson-D'Zmura and Michael K. Tanenhaus: Assigning Antecedents to Ambiguous Pronouns: The Role of the Center of Attention as the Default Assignment12. Susan E. Brennan: Centering as a Psychological Resource for Achieving Joint Reference in Spontaneous DiscoursePART V. INFORMATION STRUCTURE AND CENTERING13. Beryl Hoffman: Word Order, Information Structure, and Centering in Turkish14. Felicia Hurewitz: A Quantitative Look at Discourse Coherence15. Barbara Grosz and Yael Ziv: Centering, Global Focus, and Right-Dislocation16. Betty Birner: Recency Effects in English InversionPART VI. DISCOURSE STRUCTURE AND CENTERING17. Rebecca J. Passonneau: Interaction of Discourse Structure with Explicitness of Discourse Anaphoric Noun Phrases18. Craige Roberts: The Place of Centering in a General Theory of Anaphora Resolution19. Marilyn Walker: Centering, Anaphora Resolution, and Discourse Structure

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`This volume... represents an important follow-up to the work on centering carried out in the late eighties and early nineties, and in this context it is a timely collection of a number of interesting contributions.'Ruslan Mitkov, Computational Linguistics Vol.25 No.4