Referring Expressions in English and Japanese

Patterns of use in dialogue processing

Etsuko Yoshida | Mie University
ISBN 9789027256126 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027286659 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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It is a major challenge for linguists to explore the relations between referential choice and the discourse structure in dialogues, because, unlike written modes of discourse, dialogue as an interactional mode of discourse needs careful treatment for linguistic analysis. This book investigates how discourse entities are linked with topic chaining and discourse coherence by showing that the choice and the distribution of referring expressions is correlated with center transition patterns in the centering framework. It provides original empirical research into the use of referring expressions in English and Japanese task-based dialogues, and applies and extends theoretical frameworks which attempt to account for local and global discourse coherence. Using a discourse-based integrated approach to anaphora resolution, Yoshida proposes a unified account on the patterns of use of referring expressions. The book will be of interest to discourse analysts, computational linguists, scholars of semantics and pragmatics, and cross-linguistics researchers.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 208] 2011.  xviii, 206 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Etsuko Yoshida’s book is a valuable and interesting contribution to the study of referring expressions. Not only is it based on naturally-occurring spoken Japanese but the use of the Map Task means that the Japanese dialogues can be directly compared with English dialogues produced by speakers carrying out the same task. There is a host of data for specialists in reference, dialogue and typology.”
“This book presents very interesting and original empirical data concerning anaphoricity and definiteness in English and Japanese discourse, and explores the implications of these for theoretical frameworks like Centering Theory. It will be of interest to researchers with an interest in the linguistic properties of English and Japanese, as well as those with a particular interest in discourse.”

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011012727