Paper: Expanding The Horizons Of Natural Language Interfaces

ACL ID P80-1019
Title Expanding The Horizons Of Natural Language Interfaces
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980

Current natural language interfaces have concentrated largely on determining the literal "meaning" of input from their users. While such decoding is an essential underpinning, much recent work suggests that natural language interlaces will never appear cooperative or graceful unless they also incorporate numerous non-literal aspects of communication, such as robust communication procedures. This toaper defends that view. but claims that direct imitation of human performance =s not the best way to =mplement many of these non-literal aspects of communication; that the new technology of powerful personal computers with integral graphics displays offers techniques superior to those of humans for these aspects, while still satistying human communication needs. The paper proposes interfaces base...