Grounding with particles

In Proceedings of the 27th workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (SemDial 27) (forthcoming)
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We focus on a sui generis grounding move in Hindi-Urdu dialogue, namely 'voh hi na'. 'Voh' is third person pronoun and can function as a propositional anaphor in dialogue. 'Hi' and 'na' are two discourse particles in Hindi-Urdu. A dataset consisting of minimal pairs of dialogues is presented to get a better sense of the move. Using dynamic models of discourse structure, we propose a semantics for 'voh hi na' in terms of its update effects.

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Ahmad Jabbar
Stanford University


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