Gisela Redeker

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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 are compiling a corpus of Dutch texts annotated with discourse structure and lexical cohesion, containing initially 80 texts from expository and persuasive genres. We are using this resource for corpus-based studies of discourse relations, discourse markers, cohesion, and genre differences. We are also exploring the possibilities of automatic text(More)
This paper considers linguistic evidence concerning the form of focussed representations of discourse referents and the linguistic means used to access such representations. It is argued that two forms of representation can be distinguished, one of which, explicit focus, is accessed via linguistic representations of discourse referents, whereas the other,(More)
In this paper, we present what we think is an elegant solution to some problems in the discourse-structural modelling of speech attribution. Using mostly examples from the Wall Street Journal Corpus, we show that the approach proposed by Carlson and Marcu (2001) leads to irresolvable dilemmas that can be avoided with a suitable treatment of attribution in(More)
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)
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)
(the volume has been sent to the series editors for review) 0. Introduction Discourse particles and discourse markers (henceforth DMs) are intriguing objects of study, as they promise the researcher ready access to the very fabric of talk-in-progress. They can occur as lexical equivalents or complements of more elusive gestural or intonational cues that(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)