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Buch Formal models in the study of language
Herausgeber/in , Blochowiak J. Grisot C. Durrelman-Tame S. and Laenzlinger C.
Verlag Springer, Berlin
Seite(n) 355 - 373
ISBN 978-3-319-48831-8
Titel der Proceedings Formal models in the study of language

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Temporal coherence in discourse is provided through several temporal cohesive ties, such as tense, aspect and discourse connectives. In the relevance theoretic framework and more specifically in the Geneva school of pragmatics, these cohesive ties encode procedural information important for guiding the hearer towards the intended interpretation of the discourse. Jacques Moeschler and his team studied temporal cohesive ties and proposed original theoretical models that have been validated with human and automatic annotation experiments, as well as in language acquisition studies (Zuffrey and Popescu-Belis, this volume). In this paper, I show that Jacques Moeschler’s model for inferring temporal discourse relations and his description of tenses expressing past time in French is crosslinguistic valid and can be modelled for improving the results of statistical machine translation systems.