Computational Approaches to Discourse and Document Processing

Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley* and Donia Scott**
*CLLE-ERSS; Maison de la Recherche; Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail; 31058 Toulouse Cédex; France; pery@univ-tlse2.fr
**Department of Computing; The Open University; Walton Hall; Milton Keynes MK7 6AA; UK; d.scott@open.ac.uk
Résumé (en anglais)
This introduction tracks the evolution of the definition and role of discourse issues in NLP from the knowledge-intensive “discourse understanding” methods of the 80’s to the recent concern with “accessing contents” in vast document bases via data-intensive methods. As text/discourse linguistics moves toward corpus approaches, also in connection with the development of large text bases and of computational instruments, we explore potential new forms of convergence.