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Title: Discourse structure and language technology
Author: Bonnie Webber
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Author: M. EGG
Institution: Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin
Author: Valia Kordoni
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Institution: Saarland University
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: An increasing number of researchers and practitioners in Natural Language Engineering face the prospect of having to work with entire texts, rather than individual sentences. While it is clear that text must have useful structure, its nature may be less clear, making it more difficult to exploit in applications. This survey of work on discourse structure thus provides a primer on the bases of which discourse is structured along with some of their formal properties. It then lays out the current state-of-the-art with respect to algorithms for recognizing these different structures, and how these algorithms are currently being used in Language Technology applications. After identifying resources that should prove useful in improving algorithm performance across a range of languages, we conclude by speculating on future discourse structure-enabled technology.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 18, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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