Monday, March 30, 2015 - 13:30

Discourse structure in text and dialogue: theoretical and empirical perspectives

Abstract: In this talk I will compare and contrast both theoretical and empirical takes on discourse structure in text in dialogue. Beginning with text, where I will review efforts in RST, SDRT and the PDTB, I will then turn to dialogue where we need some more theory and also some new ideas for discourse parsing. I will illustrate with data collected from the STAC corpus, which is an ERC project on strategic dialogue.


Nicholas Asher is a Directeur de Recherche for the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). His home lab is the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, where he is a member of the MELODI group. He works on formal semantics and pragmatics, discourse structure and lexical semantics.