Motivations And Implications Of Veins Theory

Dan Cristea



The paper deals with the cohesion part of a model of global discourse interpretation, usually known as Veins Theory (VT). By taking from the Rhetorical Structure Theory the notions of nuclearity and relations, but ignoring the relations’ names, VT computes from rhetorical structures strings of discourse units, called veins, from which domains of accessibility can be determined for each discourse unit. VT’s constructs best fit with an incremental view on discourse processing. Linguistics observations that lead to the elaboration of the theory are presented. Cognitive aspects like short-term memory and on-line summarization are explained in terms of VT’s constructs. Complementary remarks are made over anaphora and its resolution in relation with the interpretation of discourse.


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Cristea D. (2005). Motivations And Implications Of Veins Theory . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLUCS, (ICEIS 2005) ISBN 972-8865-23-6X, pages 32-44. DOI: 10.5220/0002565000320044

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author={Dan Cristea},
title={Motivations And Implications Of Veins Theory},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLUCS, (ICEIS 2005)},

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JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Understanding and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLUCS, (ICEIS 2005)
TI - Motivations And Implications Of Veins Theory
SN - 972-8865-23-6X
AU - Cristea D.
PY - 2005
SP - 32
EP - 44
DO - 10.5220/0002565000320044