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Prof. Donia Scott

Centre for Research in Computing, The Open University, UK

Prof. Donia Scott
The role of layout in natural language processing (NLP)
This event took place on Monday 01 November 2004 at 12:45

This talk will present the case for abstract document structure as a separate descriptive level in the analysis and generation of written texts. The purpose of this representation is to mediate between the message of a text (i.e., its discourse structure) and its physical presentation (i.e., its organisation into graphical constituents like sections, paragraphs, sentences, bulleted lists, figures, footnotes and so forth). Abstract document structure can be seen as an extension of Nunberg's `text-grammar'; it is also closely related to `logical' mark-up in languages like HTML and LaTeX. I will argue that by using this intermediate representation, several subtasks in language generation and language understanding can be defined more cleanly.


Donia Scott is professor of Computational Linguistics at the University of Brighton, where she has been director of the Information Technology Research Institute since 1991. During this period she has built a research group specializing in several areas of computational linguistics, especially natural language generation (NLG), lexical representation, and corpus linguistics. Her own research has focused on multilingual NLG, and on the realization of rhetorical relationships through layout, punctuation, and discourse connectives. Earlier in her career Professor Scott worked for some years on speech and intonation, at Sussex University and Philips Research Laboratories.

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