Paper: Linguistic Coherence: A Plan-Based Alternative

ACL ID P86-1033
Title Linguistic Coherence: A Plan-Based Alternative
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986

To fully understand a sequence of utterances, one must be able to infer implicit relationships between the utterances. Although the identification of sets of utterance relationships forms the basis for many theories of discourse, the formalization and recogni- tion of such relationships has proven to be an extremely difficult computational task. This paper presents a plan-based approach to the representation and recognition of implicit relation- ships between utterances. Relationships are formu- lated as discourse plans, which allows their representa- tion in terms of planning operators and their computa- tion via a plan recognition process. By incorporating complex inferential processes relating utterances into a plan-based framework, a formalization and computa- bility not available in t...