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Bayesian probabilistic model of discourse anaphoric comprehension, linguistic typology, and neo-Gricean pragmatics

Yan Huang
From the journal Theoretical Linguistics


In this article, I make two comments with regard to the Bayesian probabilistic analysis of anaphoric comprehension in discourse put forward by Kehler and Rohde: (i) the account should take into consideration the typological differences displayed by so-called pragmatic languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and (ii) in contradiction to Kehler and Rohde's claim, the expectation a comprehender has about coherence relations has to do with the type of referring or anaphoric expression that is or is not used. I have also shown that some of Kehler and Rohde's examples can be better re-analysed using my version of the neo-Gricean pragmatic theory of anaphora.

Published Online: 2013-11-1
Published in Print: 2013-09-12

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