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Constraints in Discourse (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series)

 
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It is a commonplace to say that the meaning of text is more than the conjunction of the meaning of its constituents. But, what are the rules governing its interpretation, and what are the constraints that define well-formed discourse? Answers to these questions can be given from various perspectives. In this edited volume, leading scientists in the field investigate these questions from structural, cognitive, and computational perspectives. The last decades have seen the development of numerous formal frameworks in which the structure of discourse can be analysed, the most important of them being the Linguistic Discourse Model, Rhetorical Structure Theory and Segmented Discourse Representation Theory.This volume contains an introduction to these frameworks and the fundamental topics in research about discourse constraints. Thus, it should be accessible to specialists in the field as well as advanced graduate students and researchers from neighbouring areas. The volume is of interest to discourse linguists, psycholinguists, cognitive scientists, and computational linguists.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
vii
1. Constraints in discourse: An introduction
1–26
Part I. The Right Frontier
27
2. Troubles on right frontier
NicholasAsher
29–52
3. The moving right frontier
LaurentPrvotandLaureVieu
53–66
Part II. Comparing Frameworks
67
4. Strong generative capacity of RST, SDRT and discourse dependency DAGSs
LaurenceDanlos
69–95
5. Rhetorical distance revisited: A parameterized approach
ChristianChiarcosandOlgaKrasavina
97–115
6. Underspecified discourse representation
MarkusEggandGiselaRedeker
117–138
Part III. The Cognitive Perspective
139
7. Dependency precedes independence: Online evidence from discourse processing
PetraBurkhardt
141–158
8. Accessing discourse referents introduced in negated phrases: Evidence for accomodation?
BarbaraKaupandJanaLdtke
159–178
Part IV. Language Specific Phenomena
179
9. Complex anaphors in discourse
ManfredConstenandMareileKnees
181–199
10. The discourse functions of the present perfect
AtsukoNishiyamaandJean-PierreKoenig
201–223
11. German right dislocation and afterthought in discourse
MariaAverintseva-Klisch
225–247
12. A discourse-relational approach to continuation
AnkeHoller
249–265
13. German vorfeld-filling as constraint interaction
AugustinSpeyer
267–290
Index
291–292




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