Null Instantiations as a Coherence Mechanism: Constructs or Constructions?

with Alexander Ziem International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley

Wed, December 11, 2013 | BUR 337

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Taking associative anaphors as an example case, Dr. Ziem’s talk investigates frames as devices for establishing textual reference and coherence on the basis of the frame theory pursued in FrameNet. An associative anaphor— sometimes also called “bridging anaphor” or subsumed under “indirect anaphor”—is a first mention use of a definite or indefinite expression that establishes indirect reference to a previously introduced discourse referent (“anchor”) in a text. 

Using transcripts of spoken language annotated with SALSA, he will provide a frame analysis of indirect anaphoric reference that particularly focuses on the role of definite null instantiations (DNI) as a well-established coherence mechanism. 

Sponsored by: Texas Language Center and the Department of Germanic Studies

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