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29 October, Generating Anaphoric Expressions

Speaker: Kristina Striegnitz (Saarland University)
Date: Friday 29 October
Time: 13:30
Location: Room F009, Kruislaan 403, Amsterdam

Discourse anaphora are important devices for achieving cohesion in natural language texts. It is, therefore, important that natural language generation systems are able to correctly use the anaphoric devices provided by natural languages in order generate fluent and natural sounding texts.

Research in natural language generation has concentrated on one specific class of anaphoric expressions, namely, definite noun phrases referring to a previously mentioned entity. Anaphora that establish a link to an expression which is not co-referent with the anaphoric expression and non-nominal anaphora have not been treated, so far.

In my talk, I will present the standard approaches to the generation of co-referential noun phrases and will then show how to extend them to other kinds of anaphoric expressions. In particular, I will discuss the generation of bridging descriptions (as in 1) and of additive particles (as in 2).

(1) Antonia walked towards the house. Suddenly, THE DOOR opened.
(2) Antonia likes cake. She ALSO likes ice cream.

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