Evening Lecture

Speaker: Vera Demberg (Saarland University)
Title: Processing coherence relations – empirical data and computational approaches
Time: September 13th, 18:00
Location: Building 22.01, Lecture Hall 2C

Abstract: Coherence relations are a central aspect what makes a text be more than the sum of its sentences. They are important for understanding the meaning of a discourse. However, automatic discourse relation processing has been shown to be very difficult problem. In this lecture, I will start out by reviewing psycholinguistic experimental data on how humans process discourse relations, and will then proceed to give an overview of computational methods for classifying discourse relations. In the end of my talk, I will present some recent results on improving automatic discourse relation classification.