IRCS Technical Reports Series

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

August 1998


University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science Technical Report No. IRCS-98-19.


Text coherence and readability in English can be significantly affected by the organization of information in an utterance. To assist writers in this respect, we implement a Computer-Assisted Writing system focusing on ‘information structure’. The main challenge in this task is identification of information structure in texts. This paper shows that this can be done by checking discourse status and linguistic marking in utterances.


Information structure, text, discourse



Date Posted: 20 August 2006