A Uniform Syntax and Discourse Structure: the Copenhagen Dependency Treebanks

Daniel Hardt

Abstract


I present arguments in favor of the Uniformity Hypothesis: the hypothesis that discourse can extend syntax dependencies without conflicting with them. I consider arguments that Uniformity is violated in certain cases involving quotation, and I argue that the cases
presented in the literature are in fact completely consistent with Uniformity. I report on an analysis of all examples in the Copenhagen Dependency Treebanks involving violations of Uniformity. I argue that
they are in fact all consistent with Uniformity, and conclude that the CDT should be revised to reflect this.

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