Paper: On Trying To Do Things With Words: Another Plan-Based Approach To Speech Act Interpretation

ACL ID C90-2031
Title On Trying To Do Things With Words: Another Plan-Based Approach To Speech Act Interpretation
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990
Authors

Usnal plan-based approaches to speech act interpreta- tiott require that perib~zning a speech act implies its suc- ces:s. These approaches are thus useless for describing failing illecut~onary or perlocutionary acts. We propose an t~lternatiw~ plan-based view of speech acts centered around the notion of trying to do - as opposed to actually doing- an action. This approach is contrasted with that of I'errault which aims to overcome similar problems. 1. :~ntroduction The. , plan-based approach to the analysis of natural lan- gu~bge dialogues, inspired by the work of Austin [Austin 62] and Searle [Searle 75] [Searle/Vanderveken 85], has dominated most of the dialogue-oriented NLU research since the late seventies, cf. [Allen 79], [Allen 84], [Cohen 78], [CohenfPerrault 791], [Perrault/Allen 8...