LINGUIST List 31.73

Mon Jan 06 2020

Confs: Comp Ling, Disc Analysis, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Jan-2020
From: Debopam Das <>
Subject: Explicit and Implicit Coherence Relations: Different, but how exactly?
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Explicit and Implicit Coherence Relations: Different, but how exactly?

Date: 17-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2020
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Debopam Das
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The explicit-implicit divide of discourse relations is of crucial importance in discourse processing, from both a computational and psycholinguistic point of view. Often discourse relations with and without an explicit connective are considered to be equal. Consequently, removing a discourse connective from a given explicit relation (in which the connective originally occurred) is assumed to yield its implicit version (or, at least a relation that is similar or comparable to its ‘true’ implicit version). This workshop intends to discuss whether explicit relations (relations with connectives) differ from implicit ones (relations without connectives), and it aims to explore the phenomenon of relation marking in greater detail. This includes the question of whether/how naturally occurring implicit relations are different from relations from which discourse connectives are deliberately removed. We hope to address these topics from diverse perspectives, and intend to incorporate contributions of researchers from multiple disciplines, such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus linguistics and computational discourse. Specific interests related (but not restricted) to the broad theme of explicit and implicit relations would include:

- Signalling of discourse relations (both by discourse connectives and other relational markers (lexical or syntactic, etc.), and their correlations)
- Semantics and functions of discourse relations (how relations may differ with respect to varying linguistic, semantic or pragmatic parameters)
- Discourse parsing (identification of discourse relations and their arguments, both in the presence and absence of explicit relational signals)
- Psycholinguistic processing of text (both in the presence and absence of discourse connectives and other relational signals)


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