SDRT and Continuation Semantics

  • Nicholas Asher
  • Sylvain Pogodalla
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6797)


Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT) [2,7] provides a dynamic semantics for discourse that exploits a rich notion of discourse structure. According to SDRT, a text is segmented into constituents related to each other by means of rhetorical relations; the resulting structure, known as a segmented discourse representation structure or SDRS has various semantic effects. This theory has shown how discourse structure makes contributions to the interpretation of a variety of linguistic phenomena, including tense, modality, presupposition, the interpretation of anaphoric pronouns and ellipsis. SDRT exploits dynamic semantics [20,14] to interpret SDRSs. We investigate here the advantages of integrating SDRT within continuation style semantics of the sort developed in [17].


SDRT dynamic semantics continuation semantics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Asher
    • 1
  • Sylvain Pogodalla
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRSIRITFrance
  2. 2.LORIA/INRIA Nancy — Grand EstFrance

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