We present here the outline of an ongoing research effort to recognize, represent, and interpret attributive constructions such as reported speech in newspaper articles. The role of reported speech is attribution: the statement does not assert some information as `true' but attributes it to some source. The description of the source and the choice of the reporting verb can express the reporter's level of confidence in the attributed material.


Sabine Bergler, Monia Doandes, Christine Gerard, and René Witte, Attributions. In: Yan Qu, James G. Shanahan, Janyce Wiebe (Eds.), Exploring Attitude and Affect in Text: Theories and Applications, ISBN 1-57735-219-x, SS-04-07, AAAI Technical Report Series, AAAI Press. Papers from the 2004 AAAI Spring Symposium, March 22-25 2004, Stanford, California, USA.

Bibtex entry (also for download):

  author = 	 {Sabine Bergler and Monia Doandes and 
                  Christine Gerard and Ren{\'{e}} Witte},
  title = 	 {Attributions},
  booktitle =	 {Exploring Attitude and Affect in Text: 
                  Theories and Applications},
  pages =	 {16--19},
  year =	 {2004},
  editor =	 {Yan Qu and James Shanahan and Janyce Wiebe},
  series =	 {Technical Report SS-04-07},
  address =	 {Stanford, California, USA},
  month =	 {March 22--25},
  publisher =	 {AAAI Press},
  note =	 {Papers from the 2004 AAAI Spring Symposium},
  annote =	 {ISBN 1-57735-219-x}


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