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We provide a robust and detailed annotation scheme for information status, which is easy to use, follows a semantic rather than cogni-tive motivation, and achieves reasonable inter-annotator scores. Our annotation scheme is based on two main assumptions: firstly, that information status strongly depends on (in)definiteness, and secondly, that it ought to be(More)
In this paper we present DIRNDL, an annotated corpus resource comprising syntactic annotations as well as information status labels and prosodic information. We introduce each annotation layer and then focus on the linking of the data in a standoff approach. The corpus is based on data from radio news broadcasts , i.e. two sets of primary data: spoken radio(More)
We investigate the influence of information status (IS) on constituent order in Ger-man, and integrate our findings into a log-linear surface realisation ranking model. We show that the distribution of pairs of IS categories is strongly asymmetric. Moreover , each category is correlated with mor-phosyntactic features, which can be automatically detected. We(More)
The main objective of the paper is to show that for an adequate analysis of an item's information status in spoken language two levels of givenness have to be investigated: a referential and a lexical level. This separation is a crucial step towards our goal to arrive at the best possible classification of nominal expressions occurring in natural discourse(More)
The notions accommodation and binding of presuppositions, as used in the DRT-based framework of Van der Sandt and Geurts, are critically assessed. Examples are presented which suggest the need for a narrower interpretation of, in particular, the term accommodation and the differentiation between accommodation proper and the process of presupposing(More)
In this paper, we investigate a number of long-standing issues in connection with (i) focus interpretation and its interrelation with complex definite descriptions, and (ii) the intensional properties of sentences with focus constituents. We revitalize the use of Rooth's (1992) ∼ operator , clarify its definition as an anaphoric operator, discuss the(More)