Paper: Generating the Structure of Argument

ACL ID P98-2179
Title Generating the Structure of Argument
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998

This paper demonstrates that generating arguments in natural language requires planning at an abstract level, and that the appropriate abstraction cannot be captured by approaches based solely upon coherence relations. An abstraction based planning system is presented which employs operators motivated by empirical study and rhetorical maxims. These operators include a subset of traditional deductive rules of inference, argumentation theoretic rules of refutation, and inductive reasoning patterns. The paper presents a unified system in which the various argument forms are employed in generating rich, complex structures for persuasive text.