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INTRO TO RST
/RHETORICAL STRUCTURE THEORY/
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This is a site devoted to the linguistic topic of Rhetorical Structure Theory (RST). It was created by Bill Mann, and it is maintained by Maite Taboada. It is intended as a resource for those who would like to learn, use, understand, refute, supersede, admire, or question RST.

RST raises issues about communication, semantics, and especially the nature of the coherence of texts. This site is intended to show how some of these questions arise, identify some of the questions and provide data on them in the form of RST analyses.

RST has been used in a variety of ways, including computer generation of text, as a prompting for the development of linguistic theory, as a guide to text analyzers for summarization, teaching writing skills and as an analysis framework for a wide variety of kinds of text.

The website includes introductions to RST in French and Spanish as well as English, access to manual and programmed tools for analysts (including the definitions of the RST relations, also in French and Spanish as well as English), download capabilities, a door into text generation as applied RST, a set of open questions (ideas for research topics) and more.

Recent updates

October 2017: RST Workshop

  • The recent RST Workshop was a success. Proceedings are now available from the ACL Anthology. Stay tuned for the 2019 edition!

Suggested guidelines for RST Annotation

  • As part of a project on comparing RST annotations, we have created a set of guidelines for annotations:
  • Stede, M., M. Taboada and D. Das (2017) Annotation Guidelines for Rhetorical Structure. Manuscript. University of Potsdam and Simon Fraser University. March 2017.

August 2017: Updated bibliographies

August 2017: 6th RST Workshop, accepted papers

March 2017: 6th RST Workshop

August 2016: New tool for RST analysis and corpus

March 2016: Papers from the 5th RST Workshop

  • Some of the papers presented at the 5th RST Workshop in Alicante in September 2015 are now published as part of Volume 56 of the Journal of the Spanish Association for Natural Language Processing.
  • The next RST Workshop will probably take place in 2017. Stay tuned for details.


 
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