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Full Title: Information Structuring in Discourse

Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Start Date: 08-Mar-2017 - 10-Mar-2017
Contact: Katja Suckow
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Meeting Description: This working session is part of the DGfS 2017 meeting in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Although the need to model the relation between linguistic features of utterances and discourse structure is commonly acknowledged (cf. [2],[1],[3], among others), there is still much debate about what ought to be the appropriate level of analysis of discourse segmentation and what the criteria to identify units of discourse structure are. In previous research, it has been suggested that discourse structure might be defined either in terms of communicative intention, attention, topic structure, speech acts, coherence relations, cohesive devices, or others. Related to this, it is still under discussion whether intonational phrases, syntactic clauses or semantic events/propositions form appropriate building blocks for recognizing units of discourse structure. In addition, there is no consensus whether discourse segments can be recursively embedded or not. On the other hand, discourse units have also been utilized to explain processing preferences observed in different empirical domains such as anaphora resolution, clause combining, grounding, etc. These issues are of interest from a theoretical as well as a processing perspective.

The aim of this working section is to bring together researchers from the broad field of discourse segmentation to discuss information structuring during discourse processing. We particularly welcome contributions (in English or German) from researchers who theoretically focus on models of discourse representation, or from experimentalists who investigate the interplay of linguistic cues and discourse segmentation to model processing preferences using different experimental methods. We are also interested in contributions which approach the topic cross-linguistically, historically or from a computational perspective.

Invited Speakers:

Nicholas Asher (Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse)
Hannah Rohde (University of Edinburgh)


Anke Holler (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Katja Suckow (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Barbara Hemforth (Université Paris Diderot)
Israel de la Fuente (Université Paris Diderot)

[1] Asher, Nicholas and Alex Lascarides (2003). Logics of Conversation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
[2] Grosz, Barbara J. and Candace L. Sidner (1986). Attention, intention, and the structure of discourse. Computational
Linguistics 12(3). 175–204.
[3] Kehler, Andrew, Laura Kertz, Hannah Rohde, and Jeffrey L. Elman (2008). Coherence and coreference revisited.
Journal of Semantics 25(1). 1–44.
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Psycholinguistics
LL Issue: 27.3114

This is a session of the following meeting:
39th Annual Meeting of the DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

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