By Simon Philip Botley, Tony McEnery

Discourse anaphora is a tough linguistic phenomenon that has given upward push to investigate in fields as different as linguistics, computational linguistics and cognitive technology. end result of the range of methods those fields carry to the anaphora challenge, the editors of this quantity argue that there has to be a synthesis, or a minimum of a principled try and draw the differing strands of anaphora examine jointly. the chosen papers during this quantity all give a contribution to the purpose of synthesis and have been chosen to symbolize the growing to be value of corpus-based and computational methods to anaphora description, and to constructing usual language platforms for resolving anaphora in traditional language.

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Non-phoric) Syntactic Function M = Modifier Function H = Head Function A = Adverbial Function 0 = Not applicable (syntactic function irrelevant because antecedent not present) Antecedent Type P = Propositional/Factual antecedent C = Clausal Antecedent N = Nominal Antecedent 28 SIMON BOTLEY AND TONY MCENERY J = Adjectival Antecedent 0 = Not applicable (no antecedent) Each case of demonstrative anaphora in three corpora was manually tagged with a five-character tag which consisted of one of the above values for each of the five features identified.

This finding supports the general notion that writing is a medium that allows more time to produce and comprehend long discourse, unlike the spoken registers. Lastly, Biber found that pronouns, across all the four genres studied, display much lower average anaphoric distance than full noun phrase anaphors, which tend to occur further away from their antecedents. This is explained by the notion that the greater the number of intervening referring expressions between anaphor and antecedent, the greater the chances of antecedent ambiguity.

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