How to Proceed with Ambiguity in Discourse Relations? A Proposal based on Connectivity Variables

Jan Renka

Abstract


This paper makes a contribution to the description of ambiguous discourse relations. The description is based on four variables in discourse connections: a. the status of the segments (nucleus and satellite), b. the anaphoric or cataphoric connection, c. the 'linking point', d. the 'anchor position'. This description model is illustrated with a specimen of discourse that has already been analysed in three different ways in Rhetorical Structure Theory. This contribution concludes with a proposal presenting some criteria on how to deal with ambiguous discourse relations. 


Keywords


ambiguity; connectivity; discourse relations; Rhetorical Structure

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