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A corpus analysis of discourse relations for Natural Language Generation

Williams, Sandra and Reiter, Ehud (2003). A corpus analysis of discourse relations for Natural Language Generation. In: Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics 2003 conference, 28-31 Mar 2003, Lancaster University, UK, pp. 899–908.

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We are developing a Natural Language Generation (NLG) system that generates texts tailored for the reading ability of individual readers. As part of building the system, GIRL (Generator for Individual Reading Levels), we carried out an analysis of the RST Discourse Treebank Corpus to find out how human writers linguistically realise discourse relations. The goal of the analysis was (a) to create a model of the choices that need to be made when realising discourse relations, and (b) to understand how these choices were typically made for “normal” readers, for a variety of discourse relations. We present our results for discourse relations: concession, condition, elaboration additional, evaluation, example, reason and restatement. We discuss the results and how they were used in GIRL.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Extra Information: ISBN 1 86220 131 5
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 12456
Depositing User: Sandra Williams
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2008 07:23
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 03:11
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