Burghard B. Rieger:

Relevance of Meaning, Semantic Dispositions, and Text Coherence

Modelling Reader Expectations from Natural Language Discourse

In: Conte, M./Petöfi, J.S./Sözer, E. (Eds.): Text and Discourse Connectedness. Amsterdam (Benjamins) 1988, pp. 151--171.}


Relevance of meaning is defined to be a variable, aspect dependent relation of word-meaning and/or world-knowledge representations which form dynamic structures of semantic dispositions. These will be introduced to model the expectations which - other than the widely recognized linear/syntagmatic/referential forms of text-connectedness (connexity/cohesion) - can be derived from the discourses' less accepted associative/paradigmatic/sense-relational properties, i.e. the more dynamic means of textuality (coherence). Involving interpreters' knowledge of word-meanings/world-structures activated, a procedure is given for the empirical reconstruction of their representation and relevant organisation.

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