Paper: Natural And Simulated Pointing

ACL ID E87-1030
Title Natural And Simulated Pointing
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1987

Referent identification in human conversation is performed both by describing the objects in question and by pointing at them. Up till now, only the linguis- tic component could be simulated in dialog systems. But recently, technical innovations have made it possible to 'point' at the objects on a display as well. The paper has two intentions. First, it investigates nat- ural pointing in more detail and offers some possibilities to classify the great variety of pointing actions. Then, it tries to clarify the extent to which pointing by techni- cal means (especially mouse-clicks) can be regarded as a simulation of natural pointing or as a functional equiv- alent. Furthermore, some steps towards even more ac- curate simulation are briefly mentioned.