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

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...