Paper: Anticipating The Reader's Problems And The Automatic Generation Of Paraphrases

ACL ID C94-1051
Title Anticipating The Reader's Problems And The Automatic Generation Of Paraphrases
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1994
Authors
  • Nils Lenke (University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg and Essen Germany)

The notion of paraphrase is discussed,'rod compared with the similar notion of periphrase, qhe role of paraphrases in oral communication is described, and the results of a study on the role of paraphrases in texls are given. Fi- nally, a system which models the use of p~aplu-ases in texts is described. 1. PARAPtlRASES IN I)IALOGUES If you look at ordinary dialogues you will find that com- munication failures - i.e. different types of misunderstan- dings - happen frequently, cf [Ringle & Bruce 1982]. One important techaique for the participants of the communi- cation to solve these problems is paraphrasing, that is, saying it again in other words. Parapla-ases can be offered by the hearer ("Is it this what you want to say: ")... or re- quested from the speaker by five hearer ("Iluh? 1 don't...