Beyond Elaboration: The Interaction of Relations and Focus in Coherent Text

Alistair Knott, Jon Oberlander, Michael O'Donnell, Chris Mellish

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This paper outlines a number of problems with RST's ELABORATION relation, and discusses a new model of text structure that results from leaving this relation out of the set of relations. In this model, trees of interclausal/intersentential relations account for the local coherence of a text, while its global coherence is accounted for by a separate device: global focus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationText Representation: Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Aspects, chapter 7
EditorsTed Sanders, Joost Schilperoord, Wilbert Spooren
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9027297673
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameHuman Cognitive Processing
PublisherJohn Benjamins


  • coherent text
  • elaboration relation
  • particular unit
  • independent unit
  • particular relations
  • text structure
  • many dierent way
  • local coherence
  • basic motivation
  • global coherence
  • separate device
  • interclausal intersentential relation
  • text span
  • new model
  • text unit
  • discourse
  • propose
  • introduction many theory
  • global focus


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