Wilbert Spooren

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Discovering novel treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a challenge. Its etiology and pathology remain largely unknown, the condition shows wide clinical diversity, and case identification is still solely based on symptomatology. Hence clinical trials typically include samples of biologically and clinically heterogeneous individuals. ‘Core(More)
Many languages of the world have connectives to express causal rela­ tions at the discourse level. Often, language users systematically prefer one lexi­ cal item (because) over another (even highly similar) one (since) to express a causal relationship. Such choices provide a window on speakers’ cognitive cate­ gorizations, and have been modeled in previous(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 describe the (annotation) tools underlying two automatic techniques to analyse the meaning and use of backward causal connectives in large Dutch newspaper corpora. With the help of these techniques, Latent Semantic Analysis and Thematic Text Analysis, the contexts of more than 14,000 connectives were studied. We will focus here on the(More)
This article presents an analysis of the acquisition order of coherence relations between discourse segments. The basis is a cognitive theory of coherence relations (Sanders et al., 1992) that makes predictions about the order in which the relations and their linguistic expressions are acquired, because they show an increasing cognitive complexity. The(More)
It has become popular among discourse linguists to explain a text's coherence by identifying`coherence relations' which apply at various levels between its component spans. However, there is currently no overall agreement about how to deene a standard set of coherence relations, and even about what the coherence relations in a text are intended to(More)
Frequently, a narrative leaves room for different interpretations. Perspectival ambiguities, in particular, may lead to different interpretations of narrative discourse. In this paper, it is argued that the analysis of perspectival ambiguities can be grounded in a cognitive-linguistic approach to mental space representations or embedded domains. In such(More)