A model for knowledge-based pronoun resolution
Frank, S. L., Koppen, M., Noordman, L. G. M., & Vonk, W.
A model for knowledge-based pronoun resolution. In F. Detje, D. Dörner, & H. Schaub (Eds.
), The logic of cognitive systems
(pp. 245-246). Bamberg: Otto-Friedrich Universität.
Several sources of information are used in choosing the intended referent of an ambiguous pronoun. The two sources considered in this paper are foregrounding and context. The first refers to the accessibility of discourse entities. An entity that is foregrounded is more likely to become the pronoun’s referent than an entity that is not. Context information affects pronoun resolution when world knowledge is needed to find the referent. The model presented here simulates how world knowledge invoked by context, together with foregrounding, influences pronoun resolution. It was developed as an extension to the Distributed Situation Space (DSS) model of knowledge-based inferencing in story comprehension (Frank, Koppen, Noordman, & Vonk, 2003), which shall be introduced first.