Allan Ramsay

in The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276349
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics


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When people use language, they produce and exchange sequences of connected sentences. This article provides an overview of the devices that can be used to organize extended discourses. It also gives a detailed description of discourse level phenomena and incremental interpretation. It explores the various devices (choices of words and word order, forms of reference, use of explicit links) that are used to indicate the structure of an extended discourse and to explain the relationships between its parts, in other words to see how a discourse is broken into segments and how such segments are organized. It deals with the issues involved in identifying and relating the notion that discourses consisting of more than a single sentence are composed of related segments are not contentious, where there is much less agreement.

Keywords: discourses; segments; sentences; words; explicit links

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Computational Linguistics ; Pragmatics

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