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Research Paper #697

Title:An Empirical Study on the Generation of Zero Anaphors in Chinese
Authors:Yeh,C; Mellish,CS
Date:Apr 1994
Presented:Accepted for publication by 15th International Conference on Computational Linguistics.
Abstract:In this paper, we describe the creation of rules for generating Chinese zero anaphors through a sequence of experiments in a stepwise enhanced manner. In the experiments, we basically examined the occurrence of zero anaphors in a real text and the ones generated by the algorithms employing the rules assuming the same semantic and discourse structures as the text. The factors of locality, syntactic constraints, discourse structure and salience of objects were considered in the rules. The results of the experiment show that 93 346000f the zero anaphors in the text can be correctly generated by an algorithm using a rule involving all the above factors.

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