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Changing perspective: Local alignment of reference frames in dialogue

  • Dobnik, Simon
  • Howes, Christine
  • Kelleher, John D.
Abstract:
In this paper we examine how people negotiate, interpret and repair the frame of reference (FoR) in free dialogues discussing spatial scenes. We describe a pilot study in which participants are given different perspectives of the same scene and asked to locate several objects that are only shown on one of their pictures. This task requires participants to coordinate on FoR in order to identify the missing objects. Preliminary results indicate that conversational participants align locally on FoR but do not converge on a global frame of reference. Misunderstandings lead to clarification sequences in which participants shift the FoR. These findings have implications for situated dialogue systems.
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Year:
2015
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Editor:
Christine Howes and Staffan Larsson
Book title:
Proceedings of the 19th SemDial Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (goDIAL)
Pages:
24-32
Address:
Gothenburg, Sweden
Month:
August
ISSN:
2308-2275
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