Some of the recommened readings:
Halliday M.A.K. & Ruqaiya Hasan (1976). Cohesion in English. London: Longman.
Sanders, Ted, Wilbert Spooren & Leo Noordman (1992). Toward a taxonomy of coherence relations. Discourse Processes, 15 (1), pp. 1-35.
Asher, Nicholas and Alex Lascarides (2001 and 2003). Logics of Conversation. Cambridge University Press.
Prasad, Rashmi, Bonnie Webber & Aravind Joshi (2014). Reflections on the Penn Discourse TreeBank, Comparable Corpora, and Complementary Annotation. Computational Linguistics, 40(4), pp. 921–950.
Mann, William C. and Sandra A. Thompson (1988). Rhetorical structure theory. Toward a functional theory of text organization. Text 8 (3), pp. 243–281.
Voita, E., R Sennrich, I. Titov (2019). When a good translation is wrong in context: Context-aware machine translation improves on deixis, ellipsis, and lexical cohesion. In Proceedings of ACL.
Guillou, L., Hardmeier, C., Lapshinova-Koltunski, E. & S. Loaiciga (2018). A Pronoun Test Suite Evaluation of the English–German MT Systems at WMT 2018. Proceedings of the EMNLP-2018 3rd Conference on Machine
Translation (WMT2018), October 31 - November 1, Brussels, Belgium.
Meyer, T. & Webber, B. (2013). Implicitation of Discourse Connectives in (Machine) Translation. In Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Discourse in Machine Translation, Sofia (Bulgaria).
Zinsmeister, Heike, Stefanie Dipper and Melanie Seiss (2012). Abstract pronominal anaphors and label nouns in German and English: selected case studies and quantitative investigations. Translation: Computation,
Corpora, Cognition 2(1).
The seminar will have both theoretical and practical parts. The work will be organised in form of small projects that can be carried out in groups. Individual work is also possible. In the end, every student needs to present the results of the project which will be in the end of the seminar in an oral presentation.
In this seminar, we will first learn the main concepts of discourse, including different approaches on the discourse-related linguistic phenomena. The overview of discourse theories will be provided from the point of view of relations and conceptions. We will compare different theories and approaches, also from a multilingual perspective. We will also learn about the studies of discourse in machine translation. Then, we will use corpus-based methods to analyse these phenomena in both non-translated and translated texts, mainly focusing on those produced with machine translation systems.