Paper: Issues In Word Choice

ACL ID C88-2149
Title Issues In Word Choice
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
  • Nigel Ward (University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley CA)

This paper discusses word choice for natural language generation. It examines 11 issues, the solutions that have been proposed for them, and their implications for design. The issues are: o How are appropriate words chosen~ o How is conciseness ensured7 o When does choice stop? o How are patterns of lexicalization respected? o How are interactions among choices handled? o How are the correct parts of speech chosen? o How are words chosen to satisfy constituency? o What ensures that a word stands in the correct relation to its neighbors? o How is word order determined? o Are all words chosen in the same way? o In what order are the factors considered? This paper also discusses FIG, a generator which incorporates novel solutions to many of these issues. FIG violates common assump- tions abou...