Paper: Intention-Based Segmentation: Human Reliability And Correlation With Linguistic Cues

ACL ID P93-1020
Title Intention-Based Segmentation: Human Reliability And Correlation With Linguistic Cues
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993
Authors

Certain spans of utterances in a discourse, referred to here as segments, are widely assumedto form coherent units. Further, the segmental structure of discourse has been claimed to constrain and be constrained by many phenomena. However, there is weak consensus on the nature of segments and the criteria for recognizing or generating them. We present quantitative results of a two part study us- ing a corpus of spontaneous, narrative monologues. The first part evaluates the statistical reliability of human segmentation of our corpus, where speaker intention is the segmentation criterion. We then use the subjects' segmentations to evaluate the corre- lation of discourse segmentation with three linguis- tic cues (referential noun phrases, cue words, and pauses), using information retrieval me...