A Modular Account of Information Structure in Extensible Dependency Grammar

  • Ralph Debusmann
  • Oana Postolache
  • Maarika Traat
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3406)

Abstract

We introduce a modular, dependency-based formalization of Information Structure (IS) based on Steedman’s prosodic account [1,2]. We state it in terms of Extensible Dependency Grammar (XDG) [3], introducing two new dimensions modeling 1) prosodic structure, and 2) theme/rheme and focus/background partitionings. The approach goes without a non-standard syntactic notion of constituency and can be straightforwardly extended to model interactions between IS and other dimensions such as word order.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Debusmann
    • 1
  • Oana Postolache
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maarika Traat
    • 4
  1. 1.Programming Systems LabSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Computational LinguisticsSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  3. 3.Al. I. Cuza UniversityIaşiRomania
  4. 4.InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghScotland

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