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Local Alignment of Frame of Reference Assignment in English and Swedish Dialogue

Abstract:
In this paper we examine how people assign, interpret, negotiate and repair the frame of reference (FoR) in online text-based dialogues discussing spatial scenes in English and Swedish. We describe our corpus and data collection which involves a coordination experiment in which dyadic dialogue participants have to identify differences in their picture of a visual scene. As their perspectives of the scene are different, they must coordinate their FoRs in order to complete the task. Results show that participants do not align on a global FoR, but tend to align locally, for sub-portions (or particular conversational games) in the dialogue. This has implications for how dialogue systems should approach problems of FoR assignment -- and what strategies for clarification they should implement.
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Year:
2020
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Editor:
Jurģis Šķilters and Nora S. Newcombe and David Uttal
Book title:
Spatial Cognition {XII}: Papers from 12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020/21
Address:
Riga, Latvia
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