SS19 Disc Relations

Discourse Relations: Cognition, Resources and NLP


Seminar / in English

held by:        Dr. Frances Yung

time:            Tuesdays, starting on April 16, 2019,  08:30 - 10:00 hrs

location:        in building C7.2, seminarroom 0.05 (in basement)

suitable         Master in Language Science and Technology /
for:               Bachelor in Computerlinguistik



I m p o r t a n t   I n f o r m a t i o n

  • Moodle

All information regarding schedule, location and topics can be found in the Moodle.

Before the first lecture:   Sign up to the Moodle before 16 April, and enrol in the course.



The meaning of a text is not simply the sum of the meaning of individual sentences. The relations between sentences and phrases also contribute to the overall meaning, and these are called discourse relations.

While discourse relations are crucial in language processing, the phenomenon is not fully  understood in various aspects. In terms of human recognition, for example, there is not yet consensus on how many different discourse relations are recognized by humans; and how humans interpret ambiguous discourse relations. From the NLP Point of view, implicit discourse relations classification remains a bottleneck in language understanding, although promising improvement has been achieved by deep representation learning. Related to both human and machine processing, discourse relations annotated corpora are valuable resources to train and evaluate models and hypotheses.

Are traditional resources adequate and how should discourse relations be annotated?

The seminar brings together studies from areas of psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, NLP and corpus linguistics that are related to discourse relation processing. Participants will present papers in turn, followed by group discussion. We hope to find some cross-disciplinary insights on the discourse phenomenom.








Last modified 2019-03-14 by gabi
Impressum - Haftungsausschluss