Genre distinctions for discourse in the Penn TreeBank

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Genre distinctions for discourse in the Penn TreeBank
Articles in the Penn TreeBank were identified as being reviews, summaries, letters to the editor, news reportage, corrections, wit and short verse, or quarterly profit reports. All but the latter three were then characterised in terms of features manually annotated in the Penn Discourse TreeBank -- discourse connectives and their senses. Summaries turned out to display very different discourse features than the other three genres. Letters also appeared to have some different features. The two main findings involve (1) differences between genres in the senses associated with intra-sentential discourse connectives, inter-sentential discourse connectives and inter-sentential discourse relations that are not lexically marked; and (2) differences within all four genres between the senses of discourse relations not lexically marked and those that are marked. The first finding means that genre should be made a factor in automated sense labelling of non-lexically marked discourse relations. T...
Bonnie L. Webber
Added 16 Feb 2011
Updated 16 Feb 2011
Type Journal
Year 2009
Where ACL
Authors Bonnie L. Webber
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