Determiner-established deixis to communicative artifacts in pedagogical text

Shomir Wilson, Jon Oberlander

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Abstract

Pedagogical materials frequently contain deixis to communicative artifacts such as textual structures (e.g., sections and lists), discourse entities, and illustrations. By relating such artifacts to the prose, deixis plays an essential role in structuring the flow of information in informative writing. However, existing language technologies have largely overlooked this mechanism. We examine properties of deixis to communicative artifacts using a corpus rich in determiner-established instances of the phenomenon (e.g., "this section", "these equations", "those reasons") from Wikibooks, a collection of learning texts. We use this corpus in combination with WordNet to determine a set of word senses that are characteristic of the phenomenon, showing its diversity and validating intuitions about its qualities. The results motivate further research to extract the connections encoded by such deixis, with the goals of enhancing tools to present pedagogical e-texts to readers and, more broadly, improving language technologies that rely on deictic phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLong Papers
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages409-414
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781937284732
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014 - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2014Jun 27 2014

Publication series

Name52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014 - Proceedings of the Conference
Volume2

Conference

Conference52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2014
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD
Period6/22/146/27/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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