Advanced Topics in NLP: Discourse Processing and Pragmatics
[CS 3730/ISSP 3120 Natural Language Processing]

Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Calendar for January 2005

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
            1
2 3 4 5
Lead: Jan Wiebe

Introduction to the Class.

Course Syllabus.

[Day 1]

6 7 8
9 10
Lead: Jan Wiebe

Chapters 18 and 19 of Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin (2000). Speech and Language Processing.

Introduction, and Chapter 41 (Bonnie Webber) in The Handbook of Discourse Analysis (2001). Deborah Schiffrin, Deborah Tannen, and Heidi Hamilton (eds.)

[Day 2]

11 12
Lead: Jan Wiebe

Chapters 18 and 19 of Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin (2000). Speech and Language Processing.

Introduction, and Chapter 41 (Bonnie Webber) in The Handbook of Discourse Analysis (2001). Deborah Schiffrin, Deborah Tannen, and Heidi Hamilton (eds.)

[Day 3]

13 14 15
16 17
No Class
18 19
Lead: TBA

S. Lappin and HJ Leass (1994). An algorithm for pronominal anaphora. Computational Linguistics, 20(4):535--561.

Other: Jerry R. Hobbs (1978). ``Resolving Pronoun References'', Lingua, Vol. 44, pp. 311-338.
[Day 4]

20 21 22
23 24
Lead: TBA

Review Centering in Chapter 18 of Jurafsky and Martin.

Michael Strube (1998). Never Look Back: An Alternative to Centering. COLING-ACL-98.

Other: S. Brennan, M. Friedman, and C. Pollard (1987). A centering approach to pronouns. ACL-87.

Other: B. Grosz, A. Joshi, and S. Weinstein (1995). Centering: A framework for modeling the local coherence of discourse. Computational Linguistics 21(2).

Other: Andrew Kehler (1997). Current Theories of Centering for Pronoun Interpretation: A Critical Evaluation. Computational Linguistics 23(3).

[Day 5]

25 26
Lead: TBA

W.C. Mann and S.A. Thompson, (1988). Rhetorical Structure Theory: Toward a Functional Theory of Text Organization. Text, 8 (3), pp 243-281.

Jerry Hobbs (1979). ``Coherence and Coreference'', Cognitive Science 3(1), pp. 67-90.

Other: Livia Polanyi (2001). The Linguistic Structure of Discourse. In D. Schiffrin, D. Tannen and H. E. Hamilton (eds.) The Handbook of Discourse Analysis.

[Day 6]

27 28 29
30 31
Lead: TBA

Hobbs, Jerry R., 2004. ``Abduction in Natural Language Understanding'', In L. Horn and G. Ward (eds.), Handbook of Pragmatics, Blackwell. Extended version.

Other: Hobbs, Jerry R., Mark Stickel, Douglas Appelt, and Paul Martin, 1993. ``Interpretation as Abduction'', Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 63, Nos. 1-2.

[Day 7]

         
Phases of the moon:  3:3Q  10:New  17:1Q  25:Full
Holidays and observances: 1: New Year's Day, 17: Martin Luther King Day, 21: Eid-al-Adha (Islamic)

Calendar for February 2005

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    1 2
Lead: TBA

Barbara Grosz and Candace L. Sidner 1986. Attention, intentions, and the structure of discourse. Computational Linguistics, 12(3).

Moore, J. D, and Pollack, M. E. (1992). A problem for RST: the need for multi-level discourse analysis. Computational Linguistics, 18.

[Day 8]

3 4 5
6 7
Lead: TBA

Florian Wolf and Edward Gibson (to appear). Representing Discourse Coherence. To appear in Computational Linguistics.

[Day 9]

8 9
You should have met with me and handed in your project proposal by today.

Lead: TBA

Bonnie Webber; Matthew Stone; Aravind Joshi; Alistair Knott (2003). Anaphora and Discourse Structure. Computational Linguistics 29 (4).

Other: Laurence Danlos (2004). Discourse Dependency Structures as Constrained DAGs. SIGdial-04.

[Day 10]

10 11 12
13 14
Lead: TBA

Marcu and Echihabi (2002). An unsupervised approach to recognizing discourse relations. ACL/NAACL-02.

Radu Soricut and Daniel Marcu (2003). Sentence Level Discourse Parsing using Syntactic and Lexical Information. HLT/NAACL-03.

Other: Daniel Marcu (1996). Building up rhetorical structure trees. AAAI-96.

Other: Massimo Poesio, Rahul Mehta, Axel Maroudas, and Janet Hitzeman. Learning to resolve bridging references. ACL-04.

[Day 11]

15 16
Dr. Wiebe is away. Class will still meet.

Lead: TBA

Marti Hearst (1994). Multi-paragraph segmentation of expository text. ACL-94.

Rebecca Passoneau and Diane Litman (1993). Intention-based Segmentation: Human Reliability and correlation with linguistic cues. ACL-93.

[Day 12]

17 18 19
20 21
Lead: TBA

Deborah Schiffrin (2001). Discourse Markers. In D. Schiffrin, D. Tannen and H. E. Hamilton (eds.) The Handbook of Discourse Analysis.

Daniel Jurafsky (2003). Pragmatics and computational linguistics. In Laurence R. Horn and Gregory Ward (eds.) Handbook of Pragmatics.

Possibly a chapter from the Handbook of Pragmatics.

[Day 13]

22 23
Lead: TBA

Diane Litman and Julia Hirschberg (1990). Disambiguating Cue Phrases in Text and Speech. COLING-1990. Hutchinson (2004). Acquiring the meaning of discourse markers. ACL-04. Other: Ken Samuel; Sandra Carberry; K. Vijay-Shanker (1998). Dialogue Act Tagging with Transformation-Based Learning. COLING-ACL-98.

[Day 14]

24 25 26
27 28
Lead: TBA

Selected sections of Stephen Levison (2000). Presumptive Meanings: Cambridge, Ma, MIT Press. Available electronically from PittCat.

Possibly another background chapter.

Barbara Di Eugenio and Bonnie Webber (1996). Pragmatic Overloading in NL Instructions. International Journal of expert systems 9(2).

[Day 15]

         
Phases of the moon:  2:3Q  8:New  15:1Q  24:Full
Holidays and observances: 10: Muharramn/New Year (Islamic), 14: Valentine's Day, 21: President's Day

Calendar for March 2005

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    1 2
Lead: TBA

Amichai Kronfeld (1986). Donnellan's Distinction and a Computational Model of Reference. ACL-86.

Douglas Appelt (1985). Some Pragmatic Issues in the planning of definite and indefinite noun phrases. ACL-85.

Other: Douglas Appelt and Amichai Kronfeld (1987). A computional model of referring. IJCAI-87

[Day 16]

3 4 5
6 7
No Class
8 9
No Class
10 11 12
13 14
Lead: TBA

Marc Moens and Mark Steedman (1988). Temporal Ontology and Temporal Reference. Computational Linguistics 14(2).

[Day 17]

15 16
Lead: TBA

Janyce Wiebe, Thomas P. O'Hara, Thorsten Vhrstrvm-Sandgren, and Kenneth J. McKeever. (1998). An Empirical Approach to Temporal Reference Resolution. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research 9.

Michael Almeida (1995). Time in narratives. In Judith Duchan, Gail Brucer, and Lynee Hewitt (eds). Deixis in Narrative: A Cognitive Science Perspective. Lawrence Erlbaum.

[Day 18]

17 18 19
20 21
Lead: TBA

Inderjeet Mani and George Wilson (2000). Robust temporal processing of the news. ACL-00.

Mirella Lapata and Alex Lascaridis (2004). Inferring sentence-internal temporal Relations. HLT-NAACL-04.

Other: Inderjeet Mani; Barry Schiffman; Jianping Zhang (2003). Inferring Temporal Ordering of Events in News. HLT-NAACL-03.

Other: Bonnie Webber (1988). Tense as discourse anaphor. Computational Linguistics 14 (2).

Other: Alex Lascarides and Nicholas Asher. (1993). "Temporal Interpretation, Discourse Relations, and Commonsense Entailment," Linguistics and Philosophy 16.

[Day 19]

22 23
You should have met with me again and handed in a status report on your project by today.

Lead: TBA

Michel Galley, Kathleen McKeown, Julia Hirschberg, and Elizabeth Shriberg (2004). Identifying agreement and disagreement in conversational speech. ACL-04.

Susanne Scott. (2002). Linguistic feature variation within disagreements: an empirical investigation. Text 22(2): pp. 301-328.

[Day 20]

24 25 26
27 28
Lead: TBA

On inference theories and code theories: corpus evidence for semantic schemas. Michael Stubbs. Text 21(2) (2001).

Ellen Riloff and Janyce Wiebe (2003). Learning Extraction Patterns for Subjective Expressions. Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. EMNLP-03. Focus on the sections about extraction patterns and subjectivity.

[Day 21]

29 30
Lead: TBA

Michael Dyer (1983). The Role of Affect in Narrative. Cognitive Science 7, 211-242.

[Day 22]

31    
Phases of the moon:  3:3Q  10:New  17:1Q  25:Full
Holidays and observances: 25: Good Friday (Christian), 27: Easter Sunday (Christian), 28: Easter Monday (Christian)

Calendar for April 2005

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
          1 2
3 4
Lead: TBA

Lehnert, W. (1982). Plot Units: A Narrative Summarization Strategy. In W. Lehnert and M. Ringle (Eds.), Strategies for natural language processing. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

[Day 23]

5 6
Lead: TBA

Flowers, Margot; McGuire, Rod; and Birnbaum, Lawrence (1982). Adversary Arguments and the Logic of Personal Attacks, In W. Lehnert and M. Ringle (eds.), Strategies for natural language processing. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Zukerman, I., McConachy, R., Korb, K. and Pickett, D. (1999). Exploratory Interaction with a Bayesian Argumentation System. IJCAI-99.

Other: Zukerman, I., McConachy, R. and Korb, K. (2000), Using Argumentation Strategies in Automated Argument Generation. INLG'2000 Proceedings First International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG-00).

Other: Zukerman, I., McConachy, R., and Korb, K. (1998), Bayesian Reasoning in an Abductive Mechanism for Argument Generation and Analysis. AAAI-98.

[Day 24]

7 8 9
10 11
Lead: TBA

Jill Burstein, Daniel Marcu, and Kevin Knight (2003). Finding the WRITE Stuff: Automatic Identification of Discourse Structure in Student Essays. IEEE Intelligent Systems, Jan/Feb.

Derrick Higgins, Jill Burstein, Daniel Marcu, and Claudia Gentile (2004). Evaluating Multiple Aspects of Coherence in Student Essays. HLT-NAACL-04.

[Day 25]

12 13
Lead: TBA

S. Teufel, M. Moens (2000) What's yours and what's mine: Determining Intellectual Attribution in Scientific Text. EMNLP-WVLC-2000.

Other: S. Teufel, M. Moens (2002) Summarizing Scientific Articles -- Experiments with Relevance and Rhetorical Status. Computational Linguistics, 28 (4).

Atefeh Farzindar and Guy Lapalme (2004). Legal Text Summarization by Exploration of the Thematic Structure and Argumentative Roles. ACL-04 Workshop, Text Summarization Branches Out.

Ben Hachey and Claire Grover (2004). A Rhetorical Status Classier for Legal Text Summarisation. ACL-04 Workshop, Text Summarization Branches Out.

[Day 26]

14 15 16
17 18
Draft of project report is due.

Lead: TBA

H. Clark and M. Van Der Wege (2001). Imagination in Discourse. In Deborah Schiffrin, Deborah Tannen, and Heidi Hamilton (eds.). The Handbook of Discourse Analysis.

Gilles Fauconnier (2001). Pragmatics And Cognitive Linguistics. In L. Horn and G. Ward (eds.), Handbook of Pragmatics, Blackwell.

Other: Charles Fillmore (1975). Santa Cruz Lectures on Deixis. Indiana University Linguistics Club. C Bloomington, IN.

[Day 27]

19 20
Project Presentations.

[Day 28]

21 22 23
24 25
Project Presentations.

[Day 29]

26 27
Project Presentations.

Final project report is due.

[Day 30]

28 29 30
Phases of the moon:  2:3Q  8:New  16:1Q  24:Full
Holidays and observances: 21: Prophet's Birthday (Islamic), 24: First day of Passover (Jewish), 30: Last day of Passover (Jewish)

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