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Title: Discourse Processing
Written By: Manfred Stede
Edited By: Graeme Hirst
Series Title: Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies

Discourse Processing here is framed as marking up a text with structural
descriptions on several levels, which can serve to support many
language-processing or text-mining tasks. We first explore some ways of
assigning structure on the document level: the logical document structure
as determined by the layout of the text, its genre-specific content
structure, and its breakdown into topical segments. Then the focus moves to
phenomena of local coherence. We introduce the problem of coreference and
look at methods for building chains of coreferring entities in the text.
Next, the notion of coherence relation is introduced as the second
important factor of local coherence. We study the role of connectives and
other means of signaling such relations in text, and then return to the
level of larger textual units, where tree or graph structures can be
ascribed by recursively assigning coherence relations. Taken together,
these descriptions can inform text summarization, information extraction,
discourse-aware sentiment analysis, question answering, and the like.

Table of Contents: Introduction / Large Discourse Units and Topics /
Coreference Resolution / Small Discourse Units and Coherence Relations /
Summary: Text Structure on Multiple Interacting Levels

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781608457359
Pages: 165
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ISBN-13: 9781608457342
Pages: 165
Prices: U.S. $ 45.00