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How mechanistic can accounts of interaction be?

  • Kempson, Ruth
  • Gregoromichelaki, Eleni
  • Purver, Matthew
  • Mills, Greg J.
  • Gargett, Andrew
  • Howes, Christine
Abstract:
Ever since dialogue modelling first developed relative to broadly Gricean assumptions about utterance interpretation (Clark, 1996), it has been questioned whether the full complexity of higher-order intention computation is made use of in everyday conversation. In this paper, building on the DS account of split utterances, we further probe the necessity of full-intention recognition/formation: we do so by exploring the extent to which the interactive coordination of dialogue exchange can be seen as emergent from mechanisms of language processing, without either needing representation by interlocutors of each other’s mental states, or fully developed intentions as regards messages to be conveyed (even in e.g. clarifications and completions when the content of the utterance is in doubt).
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Year:
2009
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Book title:
Proceedings of the 13th SemDial Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (DiaHolmia)
Pages:
67-74
Address:
Stockholm, Sweden
Organization:
Royal Institute of Technology ({KTH})
Month:
June
ISSN:
2308-2275
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