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Full Title: Empirical Testing of Discourse Relations and Connectives

      
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 10-Sep-2017 - 13-Sep-2017
Contact: Cristina Grisot
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Workshop 'Empirical testing of discourse relations and connectives'
Organisers: Grisot Cristina and Zufferey Sandrine
University of Bern, Switzerland


Since Halliday and Hassan's (1976) seminal work on cohesion in English, implicit and explicit discourse relations have extensively been studied in the last forty years from various perspectives, such as the automatic recognition of mainly explicit discourse relations expressed through connectives (Mann and Thompson 1987; Prasad et al. 2004; Lapata & Lascarides 2004; Meyer & Popescu-Belis 2012; Meyer 2014), and the formulation of cognitively plausible taxonomies of discourse relations (Hovy 1990; Sanders et al. 1992, 1993; Knott & Dale 1994; Knott & Sanders 1998; Sanders 2005; Prasad et al. 2008; Roze et al. 2010).
An extensive body of literature in linguistics and pragmatics targeted the meaning of connectives and the human annotation of their senses (Blakemore 1987, 2000; Blass 1990; Carston 1993; Moeschler 1989, 2002; Rouchota 1998; Zufferey 2007, 2012; Zufferey & Cartoni 2012), and their role for cognitive processing of utterances (Sanders and Noordman 2000; Canestrelli et al. 2013; Zufferey 2014; Grisot & Blochowiak 2015; Zufferey and Gygax 2016).
These studies have shown that connectives encode procedures that guide the hearer in the comprehension process. This was linked to a facilitation effect for processing the segment following the connective when the meaning of the connective correlates to the meaning of the discourse segment processed (e.g. Traxler et al. 1997; Canestrelli et al. 2013; Zufferey 2014). On the contrary, when the meaning of the connective does not correspond to the implicit discourse relation no effect of facilitation is found (Cain & Nash 2011; Grisot & Blochowiak 2015). Furthermore, the erroneous use of a connective leads to a regression effect measured with eye tracking techniques at the end of the sentence when there is a mismatch between the meaning of the connective and the meaning of the discourse segment (Canestrelli et al. 2013; Zufferey et al. 2015).
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.4686

This is a session of the following meeting:
50th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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