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Reference Processing and Discourse
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Reference to entities talked about in discourse can be expressed in Chinese by using different types of referring expressions, and reference processing is an important sub-task of discourse processing, whose main purpose is to determine which discourse entity is referred to by a particular referring expression used in a particular discourse context.

1. Forms of Reference and Their Discourse Functions

According to their form, Mandari…

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Yulong XU, “Reference Processing and Discourse”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000015>
First published online: 2015

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