Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Beginning with the observation that syntactic and semantic information often coincide (i.e., subjects are often agents, objects often patients), this study investigates the possibility that preference to resolve a sentence-initial pronoun to a syntactically prominent antecedent might actually be better explained in terms of preference for resolving to a semantically prominent antecedent. The study takes Discourse Prominence Theory (Gordon and Hendrick [11, 12]) as an underlying framework. Results of three psycholinguistic experiments using a self-paced reading task show that both syntactic and semantic information guide readers' pronoun resolution preferences. This suggests a revised understanding of Discourse Prominence Theory in which the prominence of discourse referents is determined through a complex process depending on multiple linguistic factors. Results further show that the relative degree of prominence among competing candidates influences resolution processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages28-43
Number of pages16
Volume4410 LNAI
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium, DAARC 2007 - Lagos
Duration: 2007 Mar 292007 Mar 30

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4410 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other6th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium, DAARC 2007
CityLagos
Period07/3/2907/3/30

Fingerprint

Syntactics
Semantics
Psycholinguistics
Linguistics
Reading
Resolve
Experiments
Experiment
Discourse
Influence
Syntax

Keywords

  • Discourse prominence theory
  • Pronoun resolution
  • Repeatedname penalty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

Cite this

Rose, R. L. (2007). Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 4410 LNAI, pp. 28-43). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4410 LNAI).

Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence. / Rose, Ralph Leon.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 4410 LNAI 2007. p. 28-43 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 4410 LNAI).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rose, RL 2007, Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). vol. 4410 LNAI, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 4410 LNAI, pp. 28-43, 6th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium, DAARC 2007, Lagos, 07/3/29.
Rose RL. Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 4410 LNAI. 2007. p. 28-43. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
Rose, Ralph Leon. / Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 4410 LNAI 2007. pp. 28-43 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
@inproceedings{11a97c737ca1484eb028fab8fa167247,
title = "Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence",
abstract = "Beginning with the observation that syntactic and semantic information often coincide (i.e., subjects are often agents, objects often patients), this study investigates the possibility that preference to resolve a sentence-initial pronoun to a syntactically prominent antecedent might actually be better explained in terms of preference for resolving to a semantically prominent antecedent. The study takes Discourse Prominence Theory (Gordon and Hendrick [11, 12]) as an underlying framework. Results of three psycholinguistic experiments using a self-paced reading task show that both syntactic and semantic information guide readers' pronoun resolution preferences. This suggests a revised understanding of Discourse Prominence Theory in which the prominence of discourse referents is determined through a complex process depending on multiple linguistic factors. Results further show that the relative degree of prominence among competing candidates influences resolution processes.",
keywords = "Discourse prominence theory, Pronoun resolution, Repeatedname penalty",
author = "Rose, {Ralph Leon}",
year = "2007",
language = "English",
isbn = "9783540714118",
volume = "4410 LNAI",
series = "Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)",
pages = "28--43",
booktitle = "Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)",

}

TY - GEN

T1 - Pronoun resolution and the influence of syntactic and semantic information on discourse prominence

AU - Rose, Ralph Leon

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - Beginning with the observation that syntactic and semantic information often coincide (i.e., subjects are often agents, objects often patients), this study investigates the possibility that preference to resolve a sentence-initial pronoun to a syntactically prominent antecedent might actually be better explained in terms of preference for resolving to a semantically prominent antecedent. The study takes Discourse Prominence Theory (Gordon and Hendrick [11, 12]) as an underlying framework. Results of three psycholinguistic experiments using a self-paced reading task show that both syntactic and semantic information guide readers' pronoun resolution preferences. This suggests a revised understanding of Discourse Prominence Theory in which the prominence of discourse referents is determined through a complex process depending on multiple linguistic factors. Results further show that the relative degree of prominence among competing candidates influences resolution processes.

AB - Beginning with the observation that syntactic and semantic information often coincide (i.e., subjects are often agents, objects often patients), this study investigates the possibility that preference to resolve a sentence-initial pronoun to a syntactically prominent antecedent might actually be better explained in terms of preference for resolving to a semantically prominent antecedent. The study takes Discourse Prominence Theory (Gordon and Hendrick [11, 12]) as an underlying framework. Results of three psycholinguistic experiments using a self-paced reading task show that both syntactic and semantic information guide readers' pronoun resolution preferences. This suggests a revised understanding of Discourse Prominence Theory in which the prominence of discourse referents is determined through a complex process depending on multiple linguistic factors. Results further show that the relative degree of prominence among competing candidates influences resolution processes.

KW - Discourse prominence theory

KW - Pronoun resolution

KW - Repeatedname penalty

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=37249048366&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=37249048366&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:37249048366

SN - 9783540714118

VL - 4410 LNAI

T3 - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

SP - 28

EP - 43

BT - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

ER -