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Discourse Structure and Sentential Information Structure. An Initial Proposal

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Abstract

In this article we argue that discourse structure constrains the set ofpossible constituents in a discourse that can provide the relevantcontext for structuring information in a target sentence, whileinformation structure critically constrains discourse structureambiguity. For the speaker, the discourse structure provides a set of possible contexts for continuation while information structure assignment is independent of discourse structure. For the hearer, the information structure of a sentence together with discourse structure instructs dynamic semantics how rhematic information should be used to update the meaning representation of the discourse (Polanyi and van den Berg, 1996).

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"Journal of Logic, Language and Information"Springer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2003

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024187311998

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