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By Helene Schmolz

The fields of linguistics and knowledge know-how can benefit from one another in precious methods in the event that they get hooked up in a really interdisciplinary means. This ebook makes a speciality of anaphora answer for the English language and indicates how lucrative a linguistic-computational standpoint might be. It outlines every kind of anaphors and their frequencies and likewise develops ideas for resolving non-finite clause anaphors, that have by no means sooner than been tested.

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Collocation, according to Halliday & Hasan, includes items that share some lexicosemantic relation, such as north and south, which denote the opposite direction. : 285). Moreover, there is conjunction. Conjunction lies in between grammatical and lexical cohesion but belongs more to grammatical cohesion. Conjunction does not refer to a specific expression but establishes logical relations between the preceding and the following sentence. It includes expressions such as but, therefore and then (cf.

The procedure adopted here is to categorise anaphors according to their form. It should be stressed that the types distinguished in this book are not universal categories, so the proposed classification is not the only possible solution. For instance, personal, possessive and reflexive pronouns can be seen as three types or as one type. With the latter, the three pronoun classes are subsumed under the term “central pronouns”, as it is adopted here. ’s A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (2012: 865) and in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Stirling & Huddleston 2010: 1449-1564).

Thus, search systems tend to use purely quantitative, rather than qualitative linguistic methods. One approach to analyse a text linguistically is to investigate its cohesion, and here, more specifically, to pay attention to anaphors. The aim of this book is to outline anaphors of English and to examine to what extent they are worth being considered in text retrieval systems. Although anaphors and their resolution is a highly debated issue in present research, there are few studies that explore anaphors in the context of text retrieval.

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