Summary: Local Discourse and Reference
Concentrating mostly on anaphoric reference to noun phrases, we have described a simple algorithm for deciding what object in the history list a phrase in the text refers to. The key ideas presented include searching the history list in most-recent-first order, using relationships between objects to determine indirect references. We also looked briefly at the effects of the use of quantifiers like "each" on the referent of an object within the scope of the quantifier.

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Copyright (C) Bill Wilson, 2007, except where another source is acknowledged. Most material is adapted from James Allen's book "Natural Language Understanding".