Determiner-Established Deixis to Communicative Artifacts in Pedagogical Text

Shomir Wilson, Jon Oberlander

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Pedagogical materials frequently contain
deixis to communicative artifacts such as
textual structures (e.g., sections and lists),
discourse entities, and illustrations. By
relating such artifacts to the prose, deixis plays
an essential role in structuring the flow of
information in informative writing. However,
existing language technologies have largely
overlooked this mechanism. We examine
properties of deixis to communicative artifacts
using a corpus rich in determiner-established
instances of the phenomenon (e.g., “this
section”, “these equations”, “those reasons”)
from Wikibooks, a collection of learning texts.
We use this corpus in combination with
WordNet to determine a set of word senses
that are characteristic of the phenomenon,
showing its diversity and validating intuitions
about its qualities. The results motivate further
research to extract the connections encoded by
such deixis, with the goals of enhancing tools
to present pedagogical e-texts to readers and,
more broadly, improving languag
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers)
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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