Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Underspecification and RST

Project PI: Dr. Manfred Stede; September 2016 – September 2017; University of Potsdam

This project examines the disagreement in Rhetorical Structure Theory annotation which takes into account what we consider "legitimate" disagreements. In rhetorical analysis, as in many other pragmatic annotation tasks, a certain amount of disagreement is to be expected, and it is important to distinguish true mistakes from legitimate disagreements due to different possible interpretations of the structure and intention of a text. Using different sets of annotations in German and English, we present an analysis of such possible disagreements, and propose an underspecified representation that captures the disagreements.