Generating Anaphora for Simplifying Text

Advaith Siddharthan, Ann Copestake

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Text simplication involves restructuring sentences by replacing particular syntactic constructs (like embedded clauses and appositives). The aim is to make the text easier to read for some target group (like aphasics and people with low reading ages) or easier to process by some program (like a parser or machine translation system). However, sentencelevel syntactic restructuring can wreak havoc with the discourse structure of a text, actually making it harder to comprehend, and possibly even altering its meaning. In this paper, we present and evaluate techniques for detecting and correcting disruptions in discourse structure caused by syntactic restructuring. In particular, we look at the issues of preserving the rhetorical relationships between the original clauses and phrases and preserving the anaphoric link structure of the text.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium (DAARC'02)
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event4th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium (DAARC'02) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sep 200220 Sep 2002


Conference4th Discourse Anaphora and Anaphor Resolution Colloquium (DAARC'02)


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