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Syntax-Discourse Interface

asked 2015-03-19 15:07:07 -0400

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I am a masters student in Computational Linguistics, and I would like to work in the area of Syntax-Discourse Interface for improving the parser outputs. When I browsed the internet, I came to see papers/books regarding only psycholinguistics/language acquisition based Syntax-Discourse Interface. But what I need is just the effects of discourse on syntax or vice verse. I would like to know if there is any good work has been done in this area especially in computational linguistics.


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answered 2015-03-19 15:08:21 -0400

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One excellent recent study of syntax and pragmatics is Mira Ariel's Pragmatics and Grammar (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics, 2008). But it would also be worth looking at the work of Talmy Givon, Laurence Horn, Elizabeth Closs, and Robyn Carsten, to name just of few who have made major contributions to this field. Much of the work in grammaticalization might also be useful, starting with studies by Bernd Heine.

Best wishes for your work in a fascinating and frustrating area.

Herbert Frederic Stahlke

I’ve just come across this new book announcement at the Linguist, Shuanfan Huang’s Chinese Grammar at Work, which might be of relevance to you.

The book abstract makes no mention of computational methodologies, but the author’s examination of “how Chinese syntax emerges from natural discourse context” may fit your query.

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M. Tomasello’s child language study, Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition also deals with similar matters.

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Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

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