Paper: Pragmatic Sensitivity In NL Interfaces And The Structure Of Conversation

ACL ID C86-1007
Title Pragmatic Sensitivity In NL Interfaces And The Structure Of Conversation
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors
  • Tom Wachtel (Scicon Ltd., London UK; University of Hamburg, Hamburg Germany)

We therefore propose three rules that define the notion of well-formed conversation in the present context, making the following assumptions. The structure of a conversation can be represented as a tree structure. The wellformedness of such trees can be defined by rewrite rules. The maximal number of levels of embedding in such trees is six (see below). In particular, subdialogues can be embedded within dialogues, but there can be no embedding within subdialogues. The last restriction conflicts with what people do. It is one of the restrictions we consider necessary, and which can be handled in such a way that the user will not notice 36 that any such restriction exists. We assume that the following four categories are sufficient for the representation of the structure of conversation. The...