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
Authors

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.