Paper: Planning Natural Language Referring Expressions

ACL ID P82-1027
Title Planning Natural Language Referring Expressions
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1982

This paper describes how a language-planning system can produce natural-language referring expressions that satisfy multiple goals. It describes a formal representation for reasoning about several agents' mutual knowledge us- ing possible-worlds semantics and the general organization of a system that uses the formalism to reason about plans combining physical and linguistic actions at different levels of abstraction. It discusses the planning of concept ac- tivation actions that are realized by definite referring ex- pressions in the planned utterances, and shows how it is possible to integrate physical actions for communicating intentions with linguistic actions, resulting in plans that include pointing as one of the communicative actions avail- able to the speaker.