In earlier work, Potts claims that certain kinds of appositives are always interpreted as speaker-oriented. This claim has since been challenged persuasively. This data set addresses the question of how frequent such non-speaker-oriented readings are in discourse, and it should provide some clues as to what conditions favor speaker-orientation and what conditions disfavor it.
We began with 177 million words of novels, newspaper articles, and TV transcripts. With a simple regular expression search, we found 278 examples of appositives syntactically embedded inside the complements to attitude verbs. We went through these examples by hand, developing, where possible, textual arguments for what the intended appositive interpretation was: text-level or embedded. These arguments were then assessed by two independent annotators
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