Paper: A Pragmatics-Based Approach To Understanding Intersentential Ellipsis

ACL ID P85-1024
Title A Pragmatics-Based Approach To Understanding Intersentential Ellipsis
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985
Authors

IntersententAal eAlipti caA utterances occur frequently in information-seeking dielogues. This paper presents a pragmatics-based framework for interpreting such utterances, ~ncluding identAfi- cation of the spoa~r' s discourse ~oel in employ- ing the fra~ent. We claim that the advantage of this approach is its reliance upon pragmatic information, including discourse content and conversational goals, rather than upon precise representations of the preceding utterance alone. INTRODOCTION The fraRmentary utterances that are common in communication between humans also occur in man- Nachi~e OOmmUlLCcation. Humans perslat in using abbreviated statements and queries, even in the presence o/ explicit and repeated instructions to adhere to syntactically and semantically complete sentences (Carbonel...