Modelling the Interpretation of Discourse Connectives by Bayesian Pragmatics

Frances Yung, Kevin Duh, Taku Komura, Yuji Matsumoto
2016 Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers)  
We propose a framework to model human comprehension of discourse connectives. Following the Bayesian pragmatic paradigm, we advocate that discourse connectives are interpreted based on a simulation of the production process by the speaker, who, in turn, considers the ease of interpretation for the listener when choosing connectives. Evaluation against the sense annotation of the Penn Discourse Treebank confirms the superiority of the model over literal comprehension. A further experiment
more » ... rates that the proposed model also improves automatic discourse parsing.
doi:10.18653/v1/p16-2086 dblp:conf/acl/YungDKM16 fatcat:4ed6aq5xajewzcjgofvxctxstu