Paper: Elementary Contracts As A Pragmatic Basis Of Language Interaction

ACL ID C86-1054
Title Elementary Contracts As A Pragmatic Basis Of Language Interaction
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors
  • E. L. Pershina (USSR Academy of Sciences-Siberian Division, Novosibirsk USSR)

Language interaction (LI) as a part of inter- personal communication is considerably influenced by psychological and social roles nf the partners and their pragmatic goals. These aspects of communica- tion should be accounted for while elaborating advanced user-computer dialogue systems and develop- ing formal models of LI. We propose here a formal description of communicative context of Li-situa- tion, namely, a system of indices of LI agents' interest in achieving various pragmatic purposes and a system of contracts which reflect social and psychological roles of the LI agents and conventio- nalize their "rights" and "duties" in tlle LI- process. Different values of these parameters of communication allow us to state possibility or/and necessity of certain types of speech acts under cert...