6 paratactic coordinate at the sub sentential level

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6 Paratactic (coordinate) At the sub-sentential level (traditional coordinated clauses) Peel oranges, and slice crosswise. But also across sentences 1. Peel oranges, 2. and slice crosswise. 3. Arrange in a bowl 4. and sprinkle with rum and coconut. 5. Chill until ready to serve.
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7 Hypotactic (subordinate) Sub-sentential Concession relation Concession across sentences Nucleus (spans 2-3) made up of two spans in an Antithesis relation
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8 Relations They hold between two non-overlapping text spans Most of the relations hold between a nucleus and a satellite, although there are also multi-nuclear relations A relation consists of: 1. Constraints on the Nucleus, 2. Constraints on the Satellite, 3. Constraints on the combination of Nucleus and Satellite, 4. The Effect.
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9 Example: Evidence Constraints on the Nucleus The reader may not believe N to a degree satisfactory to the writer Constraints on the Satellite The reader believes S or will find it credible Constraints on the combination of N+S The reader’s comprehending S increases their belief of N Effect (the intention of the writer) The reader’s belief of N is increased Assuming a written text and readers and writers; extensions of RST to spoken language discussed later Definitions of most common relations are available from the RST web site ( )
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10 Relation types Relations are of different types Subject matter: they relate the content of the text spans Cause, Purpose, Condition, Summary Presentational: more rhetorical in nature. They are meant to achieve some effect on the reader Motivation, Antithesis, Background, Evidence
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11 Other possible classifications Relations that hold outside the text Condition, Cause, Result vs. those that are only internal to the text Summary, Elaboration Relations frequently marked by a discourse marker Concession ( although, however ); Condition ( if, in case ) vs. relations that are rarely, or never, marked Background, Restatement, Interpretation
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