Why discourse affects speakers' choice of referring expressions

Naho Orita, Eliana Vornov, Naomi H. Feldman, Hal Daumé

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Abstract

We propose a language production model that uses dynamic discourse information to account for speakers' choices of referring expressions. Our model extends previous rational speech act models (Frank and Goodman, 2012) to more naturally distributed linguistic data, instead of assuming a controlled experimental setting. Simulations show a close match between speakers' utterances and model predictions, indicating that speakers' behavior can be modeled in a principled way by considering the probabilities of referents in the discourse and the information conveyed by each word.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages1639-1649
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781941643723
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2015 Jul 262015 Jul 31

Publication series

NameACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference
Volume1

Conference

Conference53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, ACL-IJCNLP 2015
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period15/7/2615/7/31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software

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    Orita, N., Vornov, E., Feldman, N. H., & Daumé, H. (2015). Why discourse affects speakers' choice of referring expressions. In ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference (pp. 1639-1649). (ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference; Vol. 1). Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). https://doi.org/10.3115/v1/p15-1158