Paper: Aspects Of Clause Politeness In Japanese: An Extended Inquiry Semantics Treatment

ACL ID P88-1018
Title Aspects Of Clause Politeness In Japanese: An Extended Inquiry Semantics Treatment
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
Authors

The inquiry semantics approach of the Nigel compu- tational systemic grammar of English has proved capa- ble of revealing distinctions within propositional con- tent that the text planning process needs to control in order for adequate text to be generated. An extension to the chooser and inquiry framework motiwLted by a Japanese clause generator capable of expressing levels of politeness makes this facility available for revealing the distinctions necessary among interpersonal, social meanings also. This paper shows why the previous inquL'y framework wu incapable of the klnd of se- mantic control Japanese politeness requires and how the implemented extenslon achieves that control. An example is given of the generation of a sentence that is appropriately polite for its context of use and s...