Title: Bridging Inferences
Subtitle: Constraining and Resolving Underspecification in Discourse Interpretation
Series Title: De Gruyter Language, Context and Cognition 11
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Author: Matthias Irmer
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110262018 Pages: 408 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110261950 Pages: 408 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
This book presents work on bridging inferences in discourse interpretation. It develops a formalization that permits integrating indirect anaphora in the construction of a structured discourse representation. From a broader perspective, it provides a suitable dynamic-logic framework which can account for underspecifications in cohesion and coherence of discourses by either inferentially resolving or contextually constraining them. Special attention is given to the resolution of bridging anaphora by means of integrating encyclopedic knowledge encoded in FrameNet into a formal theory of discourse structure as provided by Segmented Discourse Representation Theory. A second focus lies on the discourse effects of Clitic Left Dislocation in Spanish. In addition, the book provides a synopsis of the problems, methods, approaches, and desiderata of research on text, context, and discourse interpretation from formal, computational, cognitive, and psychological points of view. Central topics include pragmatic inferences and defeasible reasoning, the Common Ground, cohesion and anaphora resolution, coherence and discourse structure, and discourse interpretation. The volume may thus also serve as a reference book on text meaning and context.