English-Style and Chinese-Style Topic: A Uniform Semantic Analysis

Hui Xu

In: Jhing-Fa Wang , Wu Chung-Hsien (Hrsg.). 13th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 13), February 10-12. Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC) Taipei, Taiwan 1999.


This paper provides a uniform semantic framework for TopicComment Structures in Chinese. It is assumed that the topic element relates to an anaphor occuring in the comment. The comment which contains an unresolved anaphor is semantically underspecified. The semantic interpretation of topiccomment constructions results from the resolution of the anaphoric relation between topic and comment. In the case where there is no explicit anaphor in the comment, a bridging inference takes place. The proposed analysis is modelled in a DRTbased framework. The introduction of a DRS segmented for topiccomment articulation, called TCDRS, serves to compute the topiccomment relation within the discourse semantic theory DRT compositionally.

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