Paper: A Computational Theory Of Prose Style For Natural Language Generation

ACL ID E85-1027
Title A Computational Theory Of Prose Style For Natural Language Generation
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985
Authors

In this paper we report on initial research we have conducted on a computational theory of prose style. Our theory speaks to the following major points: 1. Where in the generation process style is taken into account. 2. How a particular prose style is represented; what "stylistic rules" look like; 3. What modifications to a generation algorithm are needed; what the deci~'on is that evaluates stylistic alternatives; 4. What elaborations to the normal description of surface structure are necessary to make it usable as a plan for the text and a referenco for these decicions; 5. What kinds of information decisions about style have access to. Our theory emerged out of design experiments we have made over the past year with our natural language generation system, the Zetalisp program MUMBLE. In ...