Gisela Redeker

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This paper contributes to the question of which degree of complexity is called for in representations of discourse structure. We review recent claims that tree structures do not suffice as a model for discourse structure, with a focus on the work done on the Discourse Graphbank (DGB) of Wolf and Gibson (2005, 2006). We will show that much of the additional(More)
Prosody, particularly accent, aids comprehension by drawing attention to important elements such as the information that answers a question. A study using ERP registration investigated how the brain deals with the interpretation of prosodic prominence. Sentences were embedded in short dialogues and contained accented elements that were congruous or(More)
We have compiled a corpus of 80 Dutch texts from expository and persuasive genres, which we annotated for rhetorical and genre-specific discourse structure, and lexical cohesion with the goal of creating a gold standard for further research. The annotations are based on a segmentation of the text in elementary discourse units that takes into account cues(More)
This study investigates the use of Same – a relation that connects the parts of a discontinuous discourse segment – in the Discourse Graphbank (Wolf et al., 2004). Our analysis reveals systematic deviations from the definition of the Same relation and a substantial number of confusions between Same and Elaboration relations. We discuss some methodological(More)
In a production experiment on Bulgarian that was based on a previous study on Dutch [1], we investigated the role of prosody when linguistic and extra-linguistic information coincide or contradict. Speakers described abnormally colored fruits in conditions where contrastive focus and discourse relations were varied. We found that the coincidence of contrast(More)
The identification of discourse units is an essential step in discourse parsing, the automatic construction of a discourse structure from a text. We present a rule-based algorithm to identify elementary discourse units (EDUs) in Dutch written text. Contrary to approaches that focus on the determination of segment boundaries, we identify complete discourse(More)
The present ERP study investigated the effect of focus particles on Dutch sentence processing. Focus particles such as only are claimed to indicate focus constituents and can thus affect the interpretation of pitch accents during speech comprehension [1]. Our results show that contrastive pitch accents are unexpected in sentences without a focus particle(More)
The present ERP study investigated the on-line interaction of prosody and information structure in Dutch. More specifically, we looked into how pitch accents, which are either congruous or incongruous with respect to the discourse context, are processed. Our results show that listeners process prosodic information immediately and check it for congruity(More)
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