Recursion in TEXT and Its Use in Language Generation

Kathleen R. McKeown

In this paper, I show how textual structure is recursive in nature; that is, the same rhetorical strategies that are available for constructing the text’s macro-structure are available for constructing its sub-sequences as well, resulting in a hierarchically structured text. The recursive formalism presented can be used by a generation system to vary the amount of detail it presents for the same discourse goal in different situations.

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