Toward a Procedural Model of Contextual Reference Resolution

Abe Lockman, Aaron Klappholz

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Abstract

A major problem in the development of models of language understanding is the manner in which a reader extracts more from a text than the meaning which its individual sentences convey when interpreted in isolation. This paper addresses a major aspect of this problem: the creation of a model for the proper resolution of “contextually-induced” references (with “reference” defined much more broadly than is usually the case). A unified view of contextual effects on reference is presented, and the procedures (algorithms) required for reference resolution are analyzed. A framework for the representation of context is proposed, based on a small set of intersentential relations that represent the manner in which a text structures the concepts it presents, rather than the a priori semantic and pragmatic relations between these concepts. A top-down procedural model is proposed for the dynamic extraction and use of context structure to resolve references.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-71
Number of pages47
JournalDiscourse Processes
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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social isolation
pragmatics
Semantics
semantics
language
Procedural
Contextual
Reference Resolution
Reader
Top-down
Isolation
Contextual Effects
Language Understanding
Text Structure

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  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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In: Discourse Processes, Vol. 3, No. 1, 01.01.1980, p. 25-71.

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