Discourse obligations in dialogue processing

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  • Allen J
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Abstract

We show that in modeling social interaction, particularly di- alogue, the attitude of obligation can be a useful adjunct to the popularly considered attitudes of belief, goal, and inten- tion and their mutual and shared counterparts. In particular, we show how discourse obligations can be used to account in a natural manner for the connection between a question and its answer in dialogue and how obligations can be used along with other parts of the discourse context to extend the coverage of a dialogue system.

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Authors

  • David R. Traum

  • James F. Allen

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