Paper: Helpful Answers To Modal And Hypothetical Questions

ACL ID E91-1045
Title Helpful Answers To Modal And Hypothetical Questions
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991

This paper describes a computational pragmatic model which is geared towards providing helpful answers to modal and hypothet- ical questions. The work brings together elements from fonnal. semantic theories on modality m~d question answering, defines a wkler, pragmatically flavoured, notion of answerhood based on non-monotonic inference aod develops a notion of context, with- in which aspects of more cognitively oriented theories, such as Relevance Theory, can be accommodated. The model has been inlplemented. The research was fundexl by ESRC grant number R000231279.