A linear approach of chain composition

Publié le 8 février 2023 Mis à jour le 13 février 2023

This corpus-based approach to coreference chains analyzes recurrences in the patterns of chains, providing new insights into conventions or preferences in the forms of referential expressions. By taking into account the linearity of discourse and the succession of mentions, it goes beyond the more commonly implemented analysis of global characteristics.

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Reference: From conventions to pragmatics

By Silvia Federzoni, Lydia-Mai Ho-Dac, Cécile Fabre
(Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, CLLE UMR 5263 CNRS)

 We analyze 581 reference chains from the French corpus AnnoDis. Using clustering methods, we first show that the resulting clusters are linguistically interpretable. We then demonstrate that animacy and genre influence chain composition. Finally we identify the main patterns of coreference chains in the corpus. This highlights different types of chains and discourse strategies, which vary across genres, and confirms a major influence of referent type.

Editeur : Elsevier Masson
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