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On dialogue modelling, language processing dynamics, and linguistic knowledge

  • Kempson, Ruth
  • Gregoromichelaki, Eleni
  • Mills, Greg J.
  • Purver, Matthew
  • Howes, Christine
  • Healey, Patrick G. T.
Abstract:
With the ever-increasing work on context-dependence, work on ellipsis has inevitably come to join the ranks of core context-dependency phenomena. This has led to consequent growth of interest in dialogue, with its rampant display of elliptical fragments, structures that are essentially underspecified as regards the contribution they provide, needing fine-grained details of the dialogue context for their interpretation. In this talk, we argue that once the remit of linguistic explanation is expanded to include dialogue data, we need to adopt grammar formalisms that directly reflect the dynamics of incremental growth of interpretation. As we shall show with corpus and experimental data, conversational dialogue demonstrates that the model of context presumed in utterance processing needs to be incrementally evolving, structural, and even sensitive to the multiple patterns arising during the process of interpretation.
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Year:
2010
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Book title:
Proceedings of the Linguistic Evidence 2010 Conference
Address:
Tübingen, Germany
Organization:
University of Tübingen
Month:
February
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