Situated Utterances and Discourse Relations

In Ernest Lepore, Una Stojnic & Matthew Stone (eds.), Proceedings of the 10 th International Conference on Computational Semantics. Potsdam: IWCS. pp. 390 – 396 (2013)
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Abstract

Utterances in situated activity are about the world. Theories and systems normally capture this by assuming references must be resolved to real-world entities in utterance understanding. We describe a number of puzzles and problems for this approach, and propose an alternative semantic representation using discourse relations that link utterances to the nonlinguistic context to capture the context-dependent interpretation of situated utterances. Our approach promises better empirical coverage and more straightforward system building. Substantiating these advantages is work in progress

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Princeton University
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