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Local Discourse and Reference

Reference: Chapter 14 of Allen
Aim:
This section concerns the problem of deciding what phrases (especially noun phrases) refer to. It introduces a simple model of global discourse structure called the history list, and presents an algorithm for referent determination in simple cases.
Keywords: anaphor, antecedent, cataphor, co-refer, DE, DE list, discourse entity, discourse entity list, evoke, history list, local discourse context, reference, referential ambiguity
Plan:
  • anaphors
  • world models
  • discourse entities, DE list, evoked DEs
  • creation of DEs
  • quantifier problems
  • history list, simple reference algorithm