Paper: Coordination And Context-Dependence In The Generation Of Embodied Conversation

ACL ID W00-1423
Title Coordination And Context-Dependence In The Generation Of Embodied Conversation
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2000
Authors

We describe the generation of communicative ac- tions in an implemented embodied conversational agent. Our agent plans each utterance so that mul- tiple communicative goals may be realized oppor- tunistically by a composite action including not only speech but also coverbal gesture that fits the con- text and the ongoing speech in ways representative of natural human conversation. We accomplish this by reasoning from a grammar which describes ges- ture declaratively in terms of its discourse function, semantics and synchrony with speech.