Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Coherence Relations

Summer 2017 and Summer 2018, at the University of Potsdam

This course provides an introduction to the study of coherence relations in discourse. Coherence relations are defined as the relations between propositions, or more simply, the semantic and pragmatic relations between clauses or sentences. Discourse is defined as the language above the level of sentence and also the use of language in context. The course will explore a wide range of phenomena in the study of coherence relations from linguistic, psycholinguistic and computational points of view. Students will read original and recent works in these areas. They will also focus on different forms of discourse and analyze important aspects of coherence relations. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with numerous issues in the study of coherence relations. The classes will take the form of seminars and include engaging discussions on significant topics in the field. The students will be evaluated based on their performance in a number of activities: writing summaries and reviews, conducting a small project, and writing (and presenting) a term paper based on the project.

Course syllabus