Attribution and the (Non-)Alignment of Syntactic and Discourse Arguments of Connectives

Nikhil Dinesh, Alan Lee, Eleni Miltsakaki, Rashmi Prasad, Aravind Joshi, Bonnie Webber

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Abstract

The annotations of the Penn Discourse Treebank (PDTB) include (1) discourse connectives and their arguments, and (2) attribution of each argument of each connective and of the relation it denotes. Because the PDTB covers the same text as the Penn TreeBank WSJ corpus, syntactic and discourse annotation can be compared. This has revealed significant differences between syntactic structure and discourse structure, in terms of the arguments of connectives, due in large part to attribution. We describe these differences, an algorithm for detecting them, and finally some experimental results. These results have implications for automating discourse annotation based on syntactic annotation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Frontiers in Corpus Annotations II: Pie in the Sky
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages29-36
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL’05) - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 200530 Jun 2005

Conference

Conference43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL’05)
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Period25/06/0530/06/05

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