Discourse Function & Syntactic Form in Natural Language Generation / Edition 1

Discourse Function & Syntactic Form in Natural Language Generation / Edition 1

by Cassandre Creswell, Cassandre Creswell, Creswell Creswell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415971047

ISBN-13: 9780415971041

Pub. Date: 11/22/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415971041
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/22/2004
Series:
Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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