Paper: TELEGRAM: A Grammar Formalism For Language Planning

ACL ID P83-1011
Title TELEGRAM: A Grammar Formalism For Language Planning
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

Planning provides the basis for a theory of language generation that considers the communicative goals of the speaker when producing utterances. One central problem in designing a system based on such a theory is specifying the requisite linguistic knowledge in a form that interfaces well with a planning system and allows for the encoding of discourse information. The TELEGRAM (TELEological GRAMmar'} system described in this paper solves this prob- lem by annotating a unification grammar with assertions about how grammatical choices are used to achieve various goals, and by enabling the planner to augment the func- tional description of an utterance as it is being unified. The control structures of the planner and the grammar unifier are then merged in a manner that makes it possible for g...