Paper: Discourse Obligations In Dialogue Processing

ACL ID P94-1001
Title Discourse Obligations In Dialogue Processing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1994
Authors

We show that in modeling social interaction, particularly di- alogue, the attitude of obligation can be a useful adjunct to the popularly considered attitudes of belief, goal, and inten- tion and their mutual and shared counterparts. In particular, we show how discourse obligations can be used to account in a natural manner for the connection between a question and its answer in dialogue and how obligations can be used along with other parts of the discourse context to extend the coverage of a dialogue system. 1 Motivation Most computational models of discourse are based pri- marily on an analysis of the intentions of the speakers (e.g. , [Cohen and Perrault, 1979; Allen and Perrault, 1980; Grosz and Sidner, 1986]). An agent has certain goals, and communication results from a planning proc...