Discourse Structure: Swings and Roundabouts

Bonnie Webber

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The goal of understanding how discourse is more than a sequence of
sentences has engaged researchers for many years. Researchers in the
1970's attempted to gain such understanding by identifying and
classifying the phenomena involved in discourse. This was followed by
attempts in the 1980s and early 1990s to explain discourse phenomena
in terms of theories of abstract structure. Recent efforts to develop
large-scale annotated discourse corpora, along with more lexically
grounded theories of discourse are now beginning to reveal interesting
patterns and show where and how early theories might be revised to
better account for discourse data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-190
Number of pages20
JournalOslo Studies in Language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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