Discourse Function & Syntactic Form in Natural Language Generation

Discourse Function & Syntactic Form in Natural Language Generation

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Users of natural languages have many word orders with which to encode the same truth-conditional meaning. They choose contextually appropriate strings from these many ways with little conscious effort and with effective communicative results. Previous computational models of when English speakers produce non-canonical word orders, like topicalization, left-dislocation and clefts, fail. The primary goal of this book is to present a better model of when speakers choose to produce certain non-canonical word orders by incorporating the effects of discourse context and speaker goals on syntactic choice. This book makes extensive use of previously unexamined naturally occurring corpus data of non-canonical word order in English, both to illustrate the points of the theoretical model and to train the statistical model.show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 358g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138990779
  • 9781138990777

About Cassandre Creswell

Cassandre Creswell earned her B.A. in linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a M.S.E. in computer and information science and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Tables Figures Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Background: Previous Work and Relevant Theory Chapter 3: A Goal-Based Model of Syntactic Choice Chapter 4: An Empirical Study of Discourse Structure and Non-Canonical Word Order Chapter 5: Conclusions and Future Directions Bibliography Indexshow more