Discourse Structure and Computation: Past, Present and Future

Bonnie Webber, Aravind Joshi

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Abstract

The discourse properties of text have long been recognized as critical to language technology, and over the past 40 years, our understanding of and ability to exploit the discourse properties of text has grown in many ways. This essay briefly recounts these developments, the technology they employ, the applications they support, and the new challenges that each subsequent development has raised. We conclude with the challenges faced by our current understanding of discourse, and the applications that meeting these challenges will promote.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACL-2012 Special Workshop on Rediscovering 50 Years of Discoveries
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages42-54
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-937284-29-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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