Paper: Abductive Explanation Of Dialogue Misunderstandings

ACL ID E93-1033
Title Abductive Explanation Of Dialogue Misunderstandings
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993
Authors

To respond to an utterance, a listener must interpret what others have said and why they have said it. Misunderstandings oc- cur when agents differ in their beliefs about what has been said or why. Our work com- bines intentional and social accounts of dis- course, unifying theories of speech act pro- duction, interpretation, and the repair of misunderstandings. A unified theory has been developed by characterizing the gen- eration of utterances as default reasoning and using abduction to characterize inter- pretation and repair.