Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Nouveaux développements de la SDRT

Scherrer, Yves

In: Revue Tranel (Travaux neuchâtelois de linguistique), 2006, vol. 45, p. 149-166

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    This text presents the SDRT, a theory of formal discourse representation whose originality lies in the inclusion of rhetorical relations inferred with the help of linguistic and extralinguistic knowledge. After a short presentation of the foundations of this theory, I will discuss some extension and modification projects. By looking at the modifications needed to include dialog phenomena and by presenting at some issues of theoretical nature, I will sketch the dynamics of the research conducted in the SDRT framework in the last few years. Then, I will show how the analysis of combinatorial aspects of the rhetorical relations can give rise to new relations, and I will argue that these new relations are useful for an adequate analysis of syntax and discourse phenomena.