Paper: The Use of Spatial Relations in Referring Expression Generation

ACL ID W08-1109
Title The Use of Spatial Relations in Referring Expression Generation
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

There is a prevailing assumption in the litera- ture on referring expression generation that re- lations are used in descriptions only ‘as a last resort’, typically on the basis that including the second entity in the relation introduces an additional cognitive load for either speaker or hearer. In this paper, we describe an experiemt that attempts to test this assumption; we de- termine that, even in simple scenes where the use of relations is not strictly required in order to identify an entity, relations are in fact often used. We draw some conclusions as to what this means for the development of algorithms for the generation of referring expressions.