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On the Explicit and Implicit Spatiotemporal Architecture of Narratives of Personal Experience

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Expanding on recent research into the predictability of explicit linguistic spatial information relative to features of discourse structure, we present the results of several machine learning studies which leverage rhetorical relations, events, temporal information, text sequence, and both explicit and implicit linguistic spatial information in three different corpora of narrative discourses. On average, classifiers predict figure, ground, spatial verb and preposition and frame of reference to 75% accuracy, rhetorical relations to 72% accuracy, and events to 76% accuracy (all values have statistical significance above majority class baselines). These results hold independent of the number of authors, subject matter, length and ...
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