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Working out when events in a text happen is difficult. Many have tried over the past decade but the state of the art has not advanced.
After introducing a few fundamental concepts for dealing with time in language, we work out what makes this task so difficult, and then identify two common causes of temporal ordering difficulty and describe how to overcome them.
Full document: http://derczynski.com/sheffield/papers/derczynski-phdthesis.pdf