Paper: Conversational Implicatures In Indirect Replies

ACL ID P92-1009
Title Conversational Implicatures In Indirect Replies
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1992

I In this paper we present algorithms for the interpretation and generation of a kind of particu- larized conversational implicature occurring in cer- tain indirect replies. Our algorithms make use of discourse expectations, discourse plans, and dis- course relations. The algorithms calculate implica- tures of discourse units of one or more sentences. Our approach has several advantages. First, by taking discourse relations into account, it can cap- ture a variety of implicatures not handled before. Second, by treating implicatures of discourse units which may consist of more than one sentence, it avoids the limitations of a sentence-at-a-time ap- proach. Third, by making use of properties of dis- course which have been used in models of other dis- course phenomena, our approach can be int...