Computational Approaches to Discourse and Document Processing

Marie-Paule Péry-Woodley*, Donia Scott**

Maison de la Recherche
Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail
31058 Toulouse Cédex

** Department of Computing
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

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.