Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 465–485

The German Vorfeld and Local Coherence



We present a method for improving local coherence in German with a positive effect on automatically as well as human-generated texts. We demonstrate that local coherence crucially depends on which constituent occupies the initial position in a sentence. To support our hypothesis, we provide statistical evidence based on a corpus investigation and on results of an experiment with human judges. Additionally, we implement our findings in a generation module for determining the Vorfeld constituent automatically.


Local coherence Constituent order Vorfeld German Natural language generation 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EML Research gGmbHNLP GroupHeidelbergGermany

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