I hope this question is not too broad. I've been reading quite a lot about grammars, and it seem that all of the models I encountered focus on a single sentence level syntax.

It seems pretty obvious that sentences in a paragraph could not be shuffled randomly, and thus they do have an underlying structure.

For example

John fixed Mary's car. It had a flat tire. He had to wash his hands afterward. She was thankful.

In order to resolve the anaphora, the "John fixed Mary's car" must be first, or otherwise it would be "ungrammatical".

Are there syntactic models for multi-sentence texts ?

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    Just take the space that separates two sentences as logically equivalent to "and".
    – Greg Lee
    Nov 30 '19 at 14:48
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    Generally, they are called models of discourse or pragmatics.
    – user6726
    Nov 30 '19 at 15:27
  • @GregLee, that's not enough. If I fix a car then precisely so there's no flat tires :D There's temporal logic and you might be inclined to represent it with tense constructions, but this goes only so far. I'd replace . it with a relative pronoun, that, which, but the task is not to replace anything; further he is different as a personal pronoun, because he has inflected forms, him, his, that it hasn't, which might make a big difference; rather, I'd read fullstop as implication. The difficulty is that there is no classical logic connector "because" as far as I'm aware.
    – vectory
    Dec 1 '19 at 14:48
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    @vectory "If I fix a car then precisely so there's no flat tires :D" What? I can't even parse this.
    – Greg Lee
    Dec 1 '19 at 14:54
  • @GregLee: and often means then, to, etc: "try an hit me". He fixed the car and it broke down. He fixed the car and it had a flad tire.
    – vectory
    Dec 1 '19 at 20:20

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