Topics in discourse structure

Marta Abrusan

In this course we will study and compare various approaches towards discourse structure: pragmatic approaches (Stalnaker 1974, Grice 1975); cognitive approaches (Grosz and Sidner 1986, Hobbs et al. 1993); dynamic semantics (SDRT, Asher 1993, Asher and Lascarides 2003); question under discussion theory (Roberts 1996/2012) and theories of conversation (Ginzburg 2012). In the course of the discussion we will pay special attention to issues relating to anaphora resolution, presuppositions and discourse topics.