Ambiguity in German connectives: A corpus study

Angela Schneider, Manfred Stede; Proceedings of KONVENS 2012 (Main track: poster presentations), pp. 254-258, September 2012.


For deriving information on text structure (in the sense of coherence relations holding between neighbouring text spans), connectives are the most useful source of evidence on the text surface. However, many potential connectives also have a non-connective reading, and thus a disambiguation step is necessary. This problem has received only relatively little attention so far. We present the results of a corpus study on German connectives, designed to estimate the magnitude of the ambiguity problem and to prepare the development of disambiguation procedures.

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