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Discourse modeling is based upon the ability to represent a document as structured content. It comprises the ability to model the propositional content of a text within a rhetorical frame. As such it is concerned with the relationship between text structures and rhetorical purposes, whether from an author’s or reader’s perspective.

Viewed expressively, discourse modeling is about organizing a text so that it embodies the structure one has in mind. Viewed interpretively, discourse modeling is about integrating information from different parts of the text into a coherent mental model. Deliberation about discourse structure is a key writing skill, driving most of the decisions people make when planning and revising a text. In short, skilled readers and skilled writers have mastered appropriate strategies for producing and understanding texts with complex internal structure.

Discourse Background Knowledge

Literature Note - Discourse Mode

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