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This paper has three aims: (1) to generalize a computational account of the discourse process called CENTERING, (2) to apply this account to discourse processing in Japanese so that it can be used in computational systems for machine translation or language understanding, and (3) to provide some insights on the effect of syntactic factors in Japanese on(More)
The Informational Component Enric Vallduv Supervisor Ellen F Prince Even though the relevance of non truth conditional notions like topic and focus in sentence structure and interpretation has long been recognized there is little agreement on the exact nature of these notions and their role in a model of lin guistic competence Following the information(More)
In this paper we propose a computational treatment of the resolution of zero pronouns in Japanese discourse, using an adaptation of the centering algorithm. We are able to factor language-specific dependencies into one parameter of the centering algorithm. Previous analyses have stipulated that a zero pronoun and its cospecifier must share a grammatical(More)
In our approach, each elementary structure is systematically associated with a lexical head. These structures specify extended domains of locality (as compared to a context-free grammar) over which constraints can be stated. These constraints either hold within the elementary structure itself or specify what other structures can be composed with a given(More)
The Computational Linguistics Feedback Forum (CLIFF) is a group of students and faculty who gather once a week to discuss the members' current research. As the word "feedback" suggests, the group's purpose is the sharing of ideas. The group also promotes interdisciplinary contacts between researchers who share an interest in Cognitive Science. There is no(More)
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