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

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.